The journey out to Surprise, Ariz. is the longest of the spring for everyone affiliated with the Giants, but Gabe Kapler made sure the beat writers who drove down the seemingly endless Bell Road on March 11 at least got something to write about. After a rain-shortened game against the Rangers, Kapler announced that Johnny Cueto would be his Opening Day starter.
"This is a guy who thrives in the spotlight," Kapler said that day. "Opening Day is a big, exciting day for a lot of people."
Looking back on that day in a recent phone interview, Kapler talked about how the timing felt right.