Giants vs Cardinals & Dodgers

Brian Wilson & Sergio Romo Before Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo could finish the full Rip Van Winkle beard, baseball is back in the Bay. And this is the kind of thing that happens when your team wins the World Series for the first time in forever:

Beard

I wanted to get a couple of games in during the first homestand to get back into the rhythm, and I ended up with Sunday against the Cardinals and Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Albert Pujols

In the world's dullest awards ceremony, Buster Posey received his 2010 Rookie of the Year plaque. Honestly, he didn't even hold it up...

Buster Posey

Barry Zito managed to keep his spot in the starting rotation despite being left off the playoff roster.

Barry Zito

Jeremy Affeldt

Tuesday was a typical early-season night game at AT&T, cold, damp, and windy. Fortunately the game was good, and there was a fair bit of good action.

Tim Lincecum

Matt Kemp & Brandon Belt

Jamey Carroll & Miguel Tejada

It's good to see that Pablo Sandoval finally got serious about getting into shape.

Pablo Sandoval

Doubtful he would have made this play last year, catching James Loney at the plate:

Pablo Sandoval

Buster Posey & James Loney

Brand new Giant Brandon Belt looks a little shaky, making a costly error on defense before redeeming himself with a clutch single in the fifth inning.

Brandon Belt

Nate Schierholtz couldn't convert in a pinch hitting assignment, and his bat paid the ultimate price.

Nate Schierholtz

With the Giants leading after eight, Brian Wilson took the field to a severely censored version House of Pain's "Jump Around". I think this alone makes up for the absurd beard, but to be safe, Wilson deftly struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson