On Wednesday, the Giants got themselves an early Christmas gift by acquiring Evan Longoria in a trade with the Rays. The move bolsters San Francisco's lineup and puts an anchor down at third base, which was a position of need for the Giants heading into the offseason.
Longoria is a Southern California native, having been born in Downey and, eventually, being a distinguished alum from California State University Long Beach's rich baseball program. Of course, baseball fans have only ever known "Longo" in a Rays uniform, as they're the only team he's known since being selected No. 3 by the team in the 2006 Draft.
Seeing him in a Giants jersey might take some getting used to ... but there is this:
If you're curious, Longoria, who now finds himself caught up in the NL West rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers, was asked about his fan allegiance while growing up:
Longoria quick to say that growing up in SoCal he was probably more an Angels fan.- Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 20, 2017
With all that out of the way, now we just wait until the day Longoria runs out to the hot corner in a Giants jersey for the first time ...