Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We Call Them Giants

Over time, it may be that the world championship won by the San Francisco Giants in 2010 will be regarded as one of the more miraculous championships in the history of the sport. I say that as a loyal fan, one who is suffering at the moment through one of the worst slumps the Giants have endured in many a year.

If you think about it rationally, there isn't much difference between this year's team and last year's. Frankly, we should be happy we have a winning record right now, given how horrible the offense has been this season. How horrible? Well, right now Dave Fleming and Mike Krukow are covering tonight's game against San Diego, and Fleming just commented on what a positive development a 3-0 count was - because it was a "hitter's count." When you hear that kind of stuff, you know you're in trouble.

We have great pitching, and terrible hitting. But even though the cliche is that good pitching always beats good hitting, you still have to score a run every once in a while.

Hey, the season isn't over. We're only one game out. In my lifetime, a team that won 85 games in the regular season won a World Series. Miracles do happen. But right now I feel like we used up a lot of our karma last year, and that's OK. A lot of teams are out of it right now, and we're not.

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