Countdown to Game Time
Anyone who’s excited for the World Series to begin raise your hand. Now keep your hand up if this excitement is accompanied by a familiar feeling of both dread and hopefulness that has come to define the way you feel about this team. Now leave your hand up until the first pitch tonight. Your arm might get tired, but it’ll give you something to do until the game begins, because let’s face it; you’re not going to get anything productive done today.
On a personal level, this pennant carries with it monumental significance to my tenure as a blogger. I first started writing about the Giants in 2005. Starting out at MVN’s Giants Cove, my team was one year removed from its last significant playoff run, and two years removed from its last postseason appearance. I had no reason to believe that 2005-2009 wouldn’t be years in which the Giants were consistently contending.
As it is, those were some of the darkest years I’ve experienced as a fan.
Those were days where Jose Castillo was an everyday player. Pedro Feliz was counted on to hit cleanup on a regular basis. The roster was a collection of players ranging from “barely OK” to “not good at the game of baseball.” My years as a writer at Giants Cove spanned this period of ineptitude. I remember being almost lukewarm about the signing of Barry Zito. I remember counting down the days until Barry Bonds returned from an injury to join Moises Alou in the middle of the lineup. The one consolation for all the losing was witnessing Bonds’ controversial assault on the record books firsthand.
Late last year, Most Valuable Network was forced to shut down due to financial constraints, and I faced the rough prospect of making the transition back to ordinary rabble-rousing fan without a forum for my thoughts. After taking some time off from blogging, I decided to return to the arena of unofficial punditry. Before I joined MVN back in 2005, I briefly managed my own blog entitled “Croix De Candlestick” that was very likely not read by anyone outside of my immediate family.
I made the decision to revive the long since dead “Croix De Candlestick” site on October 14, 2009. As such, the lifetime of this incarnation of the site has spanned the course of this magical season. The only team that Croix De Candlestick has covered since it officially started up is this 2010 team of waiver-wire rejects, homegrown pitchers, and bearded crazies. To see the Giants go to the pennant in this inaugural season of my site has only made covering this season that much more fun for me.
And so the countdown to game time continues. Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee get ready to face off in the best pitching matchup in the postseason since Tim Lincecum faced Roy Halladay a week ago. Many news outlets predict that this will be the lowest rated World Series in years, but don’t let that convince you that this is a series without interesting stories. Cody Ross went from rodeo clown to waiver-wire fodder to NLCS MVP. Josh Hamilton kicked heroin and became one of the best hitters in baseball. Aubrey Huff is in the World Series after spending his entire career watching the postseason from his couch. Ron Washington kicked cocaine and then managed his team to the World Series.
The long-haired bearded rabble of Giants faithful are ready for the national spotlight. I’ll be counting down the hours until first pitch tonight. In the meantime, all I can do sit patiently while trying to hold back the exaggerated head twitch I’ve developed watching the postseason.