The good news for San Francisco Giants fans: Michael Morse feels good about his swing, and he showed off some of that needed pop with two liners to the right-field wall. The bad news? Josh Reddick exists. It's unclear if he's totally human, though.
Reddick twice went over the right field wall at Scottsdale Stadium, robbing Morse of two would-be homers. The first catch was one of the most ridiculous I've ever seen, and many of the Giants felt the same way.
"You won't see a better catch than that all season," Brandon Belt said. "You just won't."
Morse came up in the second inning and lined a shot to right, just as he has done in live BP for a week. He went into his home run trot, then stopped between first and second as Reddick climbed the 10-foot wall, reached far over it and then fell to the ground. He held his glove up as Morse stared out in disbelief.
"He's known for doing that, man," Morse said. "I'm happy to help him work on it in spring training, I guess."
Reddick wasn't done. Morse came up in the fourth inning and hit the exact same blast to the exact same spot. Reddick did the same thing, pulling back another homer. Morse had only reached first this time, and he stopped and again stared at Reddick. He put his hands out and looked back at the Giants dugout, wondering how the hell he had been robbed of two homers in his first two at-bats in orange and black. A moment later, Buster Posey and Belt came walking into the clubhouse, laughing. Morse wasn't far behind.
"Hey, I'm the Spider-Man!" he said as he walked into the clubhouse.
What was Morse thinking as he looked out at Reddick?
"I was like, 'I thought we were friends.' " Morse said. "I thought I hit it good. I saw him go back and I said, 'Oh no, not again.' It's baseball. You never know what you're going to see."
Again, we've got good news and bad news. The bad news first this time: AT&T Park is unforgiving if you're a right-hander trying to go the opposite way. But the Giants won't complain today. Morse, their big offseason lineup acquisition, showed off some promising power on his first two swings of the spring. He took the positives away from the Reddick Robberies, saying his approach feels solid.
Plus, the Giants only face the A's four times this season since they're in different leagues.
"I'm going to have to try to pull it some in those games," Morse said.
That pull power will play well at AT&T Park, and it'll play well with Giants management, too. Manager Bruce Bochy is desperately looking for more homers from his lineup, and Morse looks ready to blow away the production of 2013's left fielders and No. 7 hitters.
Another positive? He's got a good sense of humor about it all.
"It's the first game of spring," Morse said, throwing his head back. "Who wants two homers?"