Sunday, October 02, 2011

Giants Fans Guide to 2011 Playoffs

Yes, I'm a bit late for this but as my big posts the past few days took a bit of time as well.

As I've done in the past, when the Giants did not make the playoffs, I would give a Giants fans rooting guide to who to root for, based on the Giants past, if any.

  1. Texas Rangers:  I'm rooting for them the most this post-season.  I felt bad for them last season and, hey, they did it again even though Cliff Lee used and snubbed them to get the contract he really wanted.  And they made it sort of easy for us last year, no drawn out 7 games to really put us Giants fans in a funk.  
  2. Milwaukee Brewers:  I'm rooting for Rangers-Brewers World Series.  Fox Network would love that, wouldn't they?  Giants do have a bad history with them regarding Fielder being a bowling ball, but if it had not happened to the Giants, yeah, it was pretty funny.  Else, nothing really brewing there (honest, did not do that as pun, just came out naturally), plus I feel bad for them always pushing to win it all and failing for one reason or another.  They clearly shot their wad this season to win with Fielder this one last time before he breaks their hearts and run off to a 10 year mega-contract somewhere.  (Good luck on that, Yankees and Boston already got one, and I don't think Mets can handle one with Madoff losses, bowl on that one big boi).
  3. Detroit Tigers:  Have no hate for them, but nothing compelling like the above for me to root for them higher.  Verlander maybe.
  4. Tampa Bay Rays:  I'm tired of hearing all the accolades their management gets.  I see their success as more driven by the fact that they purposefully lost horribly for about 10 years, the life of their franchise, giving them great picks atop the draft, and stocking themselves up with talent.  Easier to make risky trades like Delmon Young when you have a stockpile of other goodies lying around, not as easy if he's the only one they got.  Still, admire their trades, so I have some grudging admiration, but have to see more to give them more credit.  Easy to have small payroll when you have a stockpile of young studs, lets see what happens when they all get expensive..  
  5. St. Louis Cardinals:  I'm still mad at them for Jack Clark and 1987.  2002 helped take the edge off, and I really don't care for the teams below, from a Giants fan's perspective.
  6. Philadephia Phillies:  I would prefer that the Phillies be known as the Buffalo of the 2010's, coming close but not accomplishing anything with all the riches they have, talent-wise.  They are our biggest rivals in the NL, no use encouraging them.
  7. New York Yankees:  No way I reward their spending so much more than 90% of the teams in baseball that it almost guarantees them a spot in the playoffs every year.  One and out is what they deserve.  Hopefully all MLB revenues will flow through MLBAM eventually and even things out between the teams.  Until then, Yankees can suck it, thinking they can buy the title each year.
  8. Arizona D-backs:  Some believe you should back the guys in your division.  Sorry, not one of them.  I still think they lucked out on this season, so I don't think they deserved it.  Take away their extra Pythagorean and 1-run wins and the Giants would have had a nice battle with them the whole month of September for NL West title.  Give us Posey, we would have won for sure.  Not going to reward them just because Marlins helped them out.

6 comments:

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  2. Sorry, can't agree on your placement of the Brewers. Anything that will validate Bud Selig's involvement with any team is a deal breaker for me.

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  3. Ha ha, see your point there Boof. Someone else mentioned that they can't support Nyger or Prince either.

    But I still can't rank any other NL team above them: Cards, Phillies, D-backs. Can you?

    I can maybe push them down to 3rd, pushing up Tigers.

    Most would put Rays higher, but I don't think, similar to your complaint about Selig and Brewers, that I would want them legitimized.

    Particularly since they put their fans through all those losing years and now that they are winning, they are threatening to leave unless they get ANOTHER new stadium, when their current one is relatively new, under 20 years old certainly.

    The fans should get to enjoy what they invested into during the losing years without having to pony up for another new stadium so soon.

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  4. Frank, sorry, I am not really into this for anything other than an opportunity to discuss the Giants with like-minded fans.

    If you are a Giants blog site, I'll be happy to add you for free with the other bloggers, but otherwise no.

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  5. I'm really kinda glad the Bosox got knocked out - if only to echo OGC's sentiments about the Phillies and Yankees. It's boring watching teams that are "supposed" to win because they can afford the biggest contracts.

    The picks pretty much echo my predictions and my sentiments, though I'd probably flip the Cards and the Tigers - but maybe not, I think Cabrera is one of the most underrated players in the game, be nice for him to get the spotlight.

    I think the Yankees and Phillies are very vulnerable, and I can see Texas' or Milwaukee's hitting taking either apart. At least, I'd like to see that.

    Funny, the Phillies - maybe shows how the Yankees have made us all too aware of big budget teams. Their individual players don't inspire revulsion at their obnoxiousness anywhere close to like the Yankees do, but as a whole it'll be a little insulting if they ride their zillion dollar rotation to a World Championship. Anti-climactic, really.

    I'm all for "interesting" this post-season. Panache. Not really interested in anyone getting steamrollered unless it's the Yankees.

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  6. Been fun watching the Phillies regress a little bit each year after the 2008 WS win. 2009, WS loss. 2010, NLCS loss. 2011, NLDS loss. The miss the playoffs next year (a tall order, I'll admit) the slow painful fall will be complete.

    Yes, I'm with you OGC on Texas. After coming out of the sreeching vitro-fest of playoff Philly last year, the Ranger fans were gracious and enthusiastic. I wanted them to win it AFTER the Giants won in 2010. So, that still goes.

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