Saturday, June 04, 2011
Giants fans... it's time to shut up about the Buster Posey injury
Let me get this out of the way at the top.
The Giants are my second favorite team. (Oh I'm sorry... that would the DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPION Giants are my second favorite team.)
I basically made a video love letter to them this off season.
I am raising one of my sons as a Giants fan.
I would love to see them win the West and the NL Pennant again. And short of a Red Sox - Giants World Series, wouldn't mind seeing them repeating.
But the reaction of the Scott Cousins collision is getting to be absurd.
Yes. It was a devastating injury. I get it.
Yes. I understand the Giants lineup isn't deep enough to withstand a loss like this.
But a lot of Giant fans are crossing a strange and frankly annoying line.
Some of my friends have posted this picture where they are studying the trajectory of Scott Cousins path to the plate.
They are literally being some sort of a half assed Jim Garrison with this analysis.
I keep waiting for a friend of mine to insist there was a second slider and Scott Cousins was just a patsy.
Yes it sucks that Posey got hurt. I don't think a bang - bang play at the plate in extra innings was part of a conspiracy.
Which brings me to Brian Sabean. It's one thing for some drunk knucklehead to call the collision premeditated and cause for retribution. It's another thing when the General Manager of the Giants does it on the record.
In the wake of the stupid violence that went on against a Giants fan this year, isn't it ironic that the call of retribution came FROM the Giants' front office?
The injury last week put a damper on the year long love fest that has been the Giants World Series defense. But virtually EVERYTHING went right last year... this is some adversity.
The main thing is to fix the roster now and get a player who can replace Posey behind the plate and another bat. Now I wonder whose job that is...
SABEAN! So quit putting vendettas out there and do your damn job! Being the loon who claims collisions at the plate are "malicious" and the rest of the nonsense that foamed out of your mouth on KNBR might not exactly put you at a strong position to negotiate with other teams.
You better hope you don't have to make a deal with the Marlins!
Act like you've been there before, because YOU HAVE!
And finally a message to some other Giant fans...
Then there are my many Giant fan friends who can't stop bringing it up in mid conversation.
Remember how Lily Taylor kept writing songs about the boyfriend who dumped her in the movie Say Anything? Everyone was just super annoyed that she couldn't shut up about the guy.
That's what a lot of Giants fans are turning into.
The first few days. OK. But how long is this going to go on? The rest of the year?
Do you want to know the best revenge?
And guess what the Giants are doing?
They are the first place Giants. They've had a few dramatic wins in just the last few days. They are getting contributions from rookie Brandon Crawford and big power behind Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff.
And look at the Division they play in. The Dodgers are a joke. The Padres are rebuilding. Do you REALLY think the Diamondbacks are going to do this all year? And so far, the Giants have won 6 of 9 against Colorado and they go after them again today.
Even with NO Posey, the Giants have as good a shot as any team in the National League to win the pennant with the exception of Philadelphia. And guess what? The Phillies are not invincible.
Put the Giants staff in a short series against the Marlins? The Braves? The Rockies? The Reds? The Brewers? The Cardinals? Wouldn't you pick the Giants every time?
And speaking of the Cardinals, remember 2006?
They not only lost Mark Mulder but they lost their closer Jason Isringhausen before the playoffs. They had to slap together a playoff staff that included rejects (recently released Jeff Weaver) and untested rookies like Adam Wainwright.
Did they whine? Did they bitch and moan?
They shut their mouth, injected their HGH and won the Damn World Series.
Take a page from that Giants.
Say "Yeah that sucked... but guess what? We're going to win anyway."
Because right now? You are bordering on Miss Havisham's territory.
Yeah that's right. I made a Charles Dickens reference in a baseball post.
And I have great expectations myself for this Giants team (see what I did?)
Your team is the defending champion.
Your team's name is the Giants.
Right now Giants fans, you are acting like neither a champion nor a giant.