Farhan Zaidi wanted no part of the question, but he knew it was coming. As the Giants’ boss who previously served as the Dodgers’ general manager for four years, his reaction undoubtedly was going to be sought on the World Series championship celebrated by his former employers. So, Farhan, to borrow lingo from the Brooklyn days, how ’bout Dem Bums?
As baseballs traveled through the fog, wind and other challenging China Basin elements, something momentous happened to the perception of Oracle Park during the Giants’ 2020 season. It no longer was considered a nightmare for hitters. That mind-set has carried over to the offseason as the Giants’ front office builds the roster for 2021.
Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto, who hasn’t pitched a traditional full season in the majors since 2017, is planning to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. It’s rare for accomplished veterans such as Cueto, who turns 35 in February, to play winter ball, but his Tommy John surgery, which detoured his 2018 and 2019 seasons, and the shortened 2020 season left him with limited innings, just 132 1/3 in three years.