They've now become one of those teams that show up often enough in the playoffs to make people say, "Not the Giants again! I hate the Giants! I'm not watching!"
I hated the Atlanta Braves for the same reason, back when they were good. Even if they cast off many years of mediocrity and made the playoffs again, I'd still say, "Not the Braves again! Let somebody else in!"
I hate the New York Yankees no matter what. I hate the Los Angeles Dodgers because it's part of the Giants fan by-laws. I hate the A's because they aren't the Giants.
"Hate" in the sports sense. Good healthy fun hate.
Now the Giants have won their third World Series in the last five years. It never should have happened, had no good reason to. But it did.
The good news: This will be my last Giants post until baseball resumes in March. Probably.
The bad news: This will be my last Giants post until March.
Until then, watch my mug reveal the ups and horrible downs and improbable end to the season:
|June 2014. Early runs, two-out hitting binges, comeback wins,|
an ever-lengthening lead over the Dodgers. Dare I say
the Giants were almost becoming … boring?
|The Giants collapse. It's so bad, I wish the team would forfeit take a day off,|
reset, regroup, rethink. No sooner does Brandon Belt return than he
gets hit in the face with a ball, and disappears with a concussion.
The Dodgers creep closer …
|… and closer. Hitters aren't hitting, pitchers aren't pitching,|
Giants aren't winning … and closer …
|… until the Dodgers overtake the Giants.|
|The Giants appear dead …|
|The team trades for Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who used to pitch|
as a youngster with the Padres under Giants Manager Bruce Bochy.
Maybe the Giants figure they're not out of this yet.
|August 2014: I can't tell: Are the Giants planning to make a run?|
Ooof, starting pitcher Matt Cain goes out for the season, needing
elbow surgery. Second baseman Marco Scutaro, hero of the 2012
World Series and missing most of 2013 with a bad back, shows up,
bats a few times, disappears. Second base goes to the rookie Panik.
Infielder Matt Duffy from Double-A ball, and Andrew Susac from
Triple-A get called up, and like to hit. Pagan shows up, goes down again,
finally calling off the rest of the season so he can get back surgery.
I dunno — am I allowed to hope?
Giants go 16-13 in August.
|September 2014: Giants officially concede first place in the National|
League West to the Dodgers. The best they can hope for is a
wild-card chance at the playoffs. They finish 14-12 in September.
|Now it's a long cold lonely winter. No more baseball 'til March.|
I'll subsist on video replays. Go ahead, hate the Giants all
you want. It's your prerogative. I'm smiling on the inside.