You can never tell how it's going for Alfonso Soriano at the plate, because he's always the same guy, no matter what's written or blasted out on the talk shows.

So there was Soriano on Friday morning, holding court at the breakfast table in the middle of the clubhouse, joking around on the field before stretch, calling everyone "babe."

Soriano had a big smile on his face, and he wasn't wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform. As Ryan Dempster once said: "It's awesome being the hammer and not the nail."