The Giants are 14-15 on the season, having lost six of their last ten. They've scored tons of runs at times and looked offensively lost at others. It is absolutely safe to call the start of their 2012 season "uneven."
That is precisely the word that first baseman and giraffe-at-large Brandon Belt used in a recent post on his MLB.com blog entitled "Sticking Together."
Belt's post is an interesting one too, because he describes a players' only meeting that Angel Pagan called before the weekend began, and discusses how it gave him "perspective."
"With the injuries and some of us scrapping a bit more than usual, Angel Pagan called a players-only meeting on Friday," Belt wrote. "He talked about how we’re a good ball team that knows how to win and that if we keep playing hard, things are going to start going our way."
It's a little odd to see a younger player writing about a players-only meeting; there's a reason why those meetings only feature players. They're not typically for public consumption, but Belt clearly felt comfortable dishing on what the subject matter was in the room.
And, frankly, it's a good sign for the future of the Giants, if you believe in hokey team-first type of stuff anyway.
"So the veterans were telling us to just step back and take a deep breath and get some perspective," Belt writes. "There’s still a lot of season left to play. We can still make up ground. They reminded us to just work hard every day.
"Trust what got you here. Stick together. Be a team."
Maybe this stuff won't work. After all, if the Giants keep suffering injuries to major offensive players and kept getting dealt 100-game suspensions, it's going to be tough to compete.
But it's good to know, at least, that they're remaining unified as a team and appear committed to turning things around.