Angel Pagan has long been concerned about the plight of the next generation of young Puerto Ricans. In the offseason, Pagan held open workouts at a track in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and encouraged participation from athletes of all ages. On Friday, Pagan said he hopes Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic performance will ultimately be another step in the right direction.

"Baseball has been decreasing a bit in my country and kids aren't really into sports," Pagan said. "So we wanted to show that it's still alive. Puerto Rico got together for three days and there was no criminality. We didn't win, but we made a difference."

Pagan hit .364 in the WBC and was named to the all-tournament team. After the Giants invested heavily in him in the offseason, Pagan said this is exactly the way he wanted to feel heading into his second season in orange and black.

"When we play the Dodgers on April 1, I'll be ready," he said. "The focus has been much better. You're playing for something in the Classic, and that helped me put all my focus on this season and getting into game shape.