Michael Morse is back with the Giants!
Well, he's with the Giants' Pre and Postgame shows on NBC Sports Bay Area -- sorry if I led you on.
The 13-year MLB veteran is providing his analysis to talk about the Orange and Black's season and this year's team has been full of surprises, but not necessarily the good, "popping out of an over-sized cake" kind.
"The biggest surprise for me has been how the team is transitioning from just the whole 'Giant mentality,'" Morse told NBC Sports Bay Area. "It's almost like a rebuild and you try not to say the word 'rebuild,' but they're not popping out the wins like they did in the past."
Morse spent a couple of seasons sporting a Giants uniform in between the lines, so he's noticing a drastic difference from those days.
"We had our core guys when I played, and every year we just sprinkled one or two pieces to add on to that core," Morse said. "I compare it to a rollercoaster ride and I felt like the Giants in those earlier years was going up-up-up, and anytime it was going down, they would sprinkle out a piece or two to run the team back up. It seems like the last couple of years, those pieces haven't been there and the core isn't producing together."
There has to be something to watch, right? Someone to follow to give Giants fans hope?
Morse wasn't too sure.
"You know, that's the problem we're having now -- I don't know. That's a great question because so far, there hasn't been anybody that's actually stood out and I know the GM is trying everything -- he's pulling out all the cards so, I don't know if it's going to be a piece from the outside, or free agency ... "
Morse said it once again, he hasn't seen "that piece." That guy who will solve all of the problems the Giants find themselves being a part of across the roster.
"I haven't seen it yet," he explained. "The thing is, you need certain type of people to change the game, and you have your core guys -- and if they're not producing, then what do you do?"
"So, to me, it's not just one piece that is going to change the outcome with how the Giants look, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be fixed."
OK -- OK, Morse. Things need to be fixed, but at least you're enjoying your new role, right?
"Yeah -- I get to talk to my friends, I get to talk to a lot of reporters and the people I still know, and I like being around, and I get to be on the other side."
A question that always arises when former players become a member of the media is -- can they be trusted? Can they have the same relationship with these guys when they go from former teammates to the guy behind the camera?
Morse knows the deal and respects the relationship.
"I tell my buddies that are still playing that 'All I am is an extension of you, so you do something great on the field, I'm just going to magnify it, if you do something bad on the field, everybody saw it, so I'm just going to talk about it.'"
We're sure we can speak for a lot of Giants' fans by saying it's great to have Morse back associated with the team, once again.