An Open Letter to Southern California Baseball
Dear Southern California Baseball,
My relationship with you began the moment I decided I was a Giants fan at the age of four. From then on, I knew that I had to possess an irrational but oddly satisfying hatred for the Dodgers. Since then my passion for Giants baseball has not wavered. Then 2002 came along, and it looked like finally my beloved team would be crowned World Series champions. Alas, it was not so, and quite frankly I blame you as much as I do Dusty Baker and Livan Hernandez. The Angels snatched certain glory in the form of Scott Spiezio and some poor choices by our manager. The heartbreak induced by this incident has not been forgotten, and served only to add another Southern California to my list of teams to root against.
Which brings us to the happenings of the last two days. After losing to the Dodgers on the road at the hands of staggeringly poor managerial skills (thank you Bruce Bochy) as well as Manny freakin’ Ramirez, I thought there was no greater frustration I could possibly feel this season. And then today happened.
To be fair to you, it wasn’t entirely your fault. Our manager seems convinced that in some universe Andres Torres and Eugenio Velez are useful baseball players (they aren’t) and that John Bowker got a fair chance to shine in 20+ AB’s (he didn’t). On top of all this, a league average offense (preferably sans Torres/Velez) should be able to score more than one run off of Clayton Richard.
At the same time, some of blame falls on you. The demons of Petco Park have haunted the Giants for too long, and quite frankly it’s getting a little out of control. The only thing worse than losing on a go-head homer from Manny Ramirez is on a walk-off by David Eckstein. There’s just something about seeing his two foot tall frame almost faint from the effort of lifting a bat only to hit a towering drive into the San Diego night that makes me feel sick.
Quite frankly this is getting ridiculous. How much more of this heart-wrenching style of baseball are we supposed to take? Just relax, take a deep breath, and realize that we as Giants fans need this more than you. 50+ years of not winning a World Series means that we have the right to request that you stop doing this. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for you to let us do some winning for once.
P.S. Please take Bruce Bochy back.