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San Francisco GIANTS World Series CHAMPS!

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A hearty congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, and all of their loyal fans, for winning the 2010 World Series!  They did it decisively, beating the Texas Rangers 3 to 1, to take the series in only 5 games.  For a team that was in first place for only 30 some games throughout the entire season, and didn’t clinch the division until the final day of the regular season, they surprised all the experts and odds-makers, to the delight of all the fans of the underdog!

And, they did it with 4 players that they picked up during the course of last and this season.  Castoff from other teams, Aubrey Huff and Edgar Renteria (Tigers), Cody Ross (Marlins), and Freddy Sanchez (Pirates), they all made significant contributions to the Giants winning their first World Series in 56 years, and their first since leaving New York and heading west.  Ross ended up being the NLCS MVP and Renteria was named Series MVP.  Not bad for a rag-tag bunch.

But, what carried them, into the playoffs and all the way through the World Series, was their stellar rotation of homegrown pitchers.  Buoyed by the brilliant pitching of 2 time NL Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum, the Giants made winning this World Series look like child’s play.  Lincecum was undefeated in postseason play this year.  And a lot of the credit has to go to Brian Wilson.  No, not the enigmatic song writer from the Beach Boys!  I’m talking about the bearded wonder, San Fran’s dominant closer, who made it fun to be a Giants fan again.  Watching so many fans sporting fake black beards, and carrying “Fear The Beard” signs was the stuff that makes for great baseball memories.

Throw in the very impressive play of rookie catcher, Buster Posey – a great baseball name – and the masterful managing of Bruce Bochy, and you got a series that you kind of hoped might go seven games.  But, all good things must come to an end.  In the end, the Rangers’ youth and inexperience really showed, but they made great strides this year and they have nothing to be ashamed of.  They’ll be back.  I feel confident of that.  Good going, Giants!  You deserve it.

YUR

PS.  I’d like to offer my apologies for the shoddy coverage of my local newspaper, The Journal News.  They saw fit to feature high school tennis and soccer stories on the front page of their Sports (read Yankee) Page, along with more griping about Sunday’s Jets loss to the Packers, and just about every other banal local sports tidbit.  They did work in one small picture of Lincecum holding the trophy, in the lower right hand corner of the page, but that was it.  And then, when they were covered, the World Series Champion Giants got to share the page (Page 3) with Suffern High School boys volleyball, more girls’ high school tennis, and a gripping story about the – who else? – Yankees, addressing their offseason plans.  I guess the Championship of America’s Pastime only really matters when it involves pinstripes. Do the Steinbrenners own The Journal News?  Just joking.  Pathetic display of homerism.  Real sports fan notice these things.

Yankees or Phillies? (What a Conundrum!)

Earlier this week a local columnist, named Bob Baird, penned an article in The Journal News called “What’s a Mets fan to do?”  Root for the division rival, who knocked us out of the playoffs two years in a row?  Or, for our crosstown nemesis; the Evil Empire (dark side) Yankees?

It succinctly wrapped up how most of us Mets fans feel about the situation, but it can always go further.  Bob mentioned his father’s rule:  Root for your favorite team and whoever is playing the Yankees. This is very similar to my favorite saying:  The next best thing to a Mets win . . . is a Yankee loss.

Now, this attitude really has very little to do with the Yankees, as a team.  There’s no one abrasive or objectionable on the Yankees.  They’re all likable, talented guys.  And they have a very level-headed, down to earth manager in Joe Girardi.  Even the ownership has become palatable, because George has mellowed/faded to such an extent, and his sons have split the duties, and they are nowhere’s near as bombastic as the ol’ man.  No.  The thing that really irks Mets fans isn’t the Yankees themselves, it’s the attitude of Yankee fans.

Bob Baird said that Yankee fans attitude isn’t necessarily one “of confidence or hope, but of entitlement.”  Because of their team’s storied history they almost feel as if it’s, somehow, their right – and their right alone – to regularly have a world championship team.  And, when things don’t go their way . . . they can get downright nasty.  Just look how they’ve treated A-Rod.  Every year since the Yankees have had him he’s been made the scapegoat for their not making the World Series.  He’s a perennial All-Star, usually leads the league in one (or more) hitting category or another, but it’s his fault they’re not wearing another ring!  Sure, they’re loving him now, but if he should hit a funk in this series . . . just watch how fast they bring up the old blame game.  It gets very tiresome.

The entitlement issue bothers Mets fans,  but the bigger issue is the level of outright arrogance many/most Yankee fans demonstrate.  They’re not “proud”.  It’s much much more than pride.  (Yankee Pride refers more to the team, and has more to do with how they – as a team – conduct themselves.)  Too many Yankee fans actually believe that they, as fans, are better than fans of any other team . . . most of all Mets fans.  They go out of their way to demean and belittle the Mets and their fans.  Their favorite two-word reply/retort is: Mets Suck! What is up (wrong) with a mentality where in order to make yourself feel good/special, you have to try to make the other guy feel lousy/second-rate?  It’s pretty pathetic, when you think about it.  When you factor in the almost total media bias it really makes it a challenge to be a Mets fan.

Year in and year out, the Mets fan comes back “brimming with faith, loyalty and forgiveness”, regardless of how the previous year ended, or how the immediate future looks.  As Bob Baird asked, how hard is it “to support a team that has won 40 pennants” and 26 championships???

Bob goes on to discuss various Philly/New York sports rivalries over the last 49 years, but for me it really just comes down to one question.  Which will be harder for me to stomach, Yankee fans crowing about yet another championship, or their (continued) whining about A-Rod letting them down again?  That’s a tough one.  I suppose they might transfer their ire to Mark Teixeira, if the Phillies win, but they’ve always loved laying the blame on Alex.  Hmmm!  I think I’ll go for the crowing . . . just this once.  After all, 27 is just a number.  It’s really no different than hearing about 26, when you come to think about it.  I’d just prefer NOT to hear them recycle their favorite excuse/lament . . . yet again!

Go Yankees!

Your Uncle Rave


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