San Francisco Giants torture Showtime viewers 

As last season’s underdogs, the San Francisco Giants scrapped through the playoffs to their eventual world championship one game at a time, causing fans to cry “Torture.”

Following Wednesday’s Showtime premiere of “The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants,” the torture will be waiting for the next chapter.  

The first episode of “The Franchise” — a real-life series offering a fly-on-the-wall view of the Giants — skipped along as naturally as the G-Men’s 2010 postseason triumph, paying tribute to all those who had a hand in the magic.

The show is sure to captivate the same audience who fell for last season’s crop of dudes. Wednesday’s preview captured everything from the wacky antics and memorable quotes of Brian Wilson, the most feared closer in the game, to the efforts of two players looking to make this year’s squad.

The most dramatic moments involved two players hopeful of landing a roster spot, 37-year-old journeyman pitcher Marc Kroon and Texas young gun Brandon Belt, 22.

Belt wound up making the team, and quite literally cried a tear in his beer after the skipper told him he was the man at first base.

The show fearlessly dives into the private lives of athletes. Whether it’s Freddy Sanchez playing ball in the house with his two sons or Barry Zito bluntly confessing his pitching demons, the show takes even the most knowledgeable fan for a ride.

But if there is an underlying theme to the show, it’s that despite 2010’s world championship, it’s now a whole new ballgame.

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