It's no coincidence that the theme of this post is inspired by my current stomach virus malcontent. Nothing worse than an upset stomach and general all-around ick when I say to myself "but I got the flu shot!", like it is some magical shield from all illness. Viruses don't play that.
Anyways, I am getting geared up for the World Series, which in of itself is pretty remarkable considering that my team did not make the post-season this year. Typically when that occurs I drop all things baseball and head for my nearest NFL or NBA outlets for another team to root for. This post-season has my attention though, and strangely I have probably watched more playoffs than I watched Red Sox the entire month of September.
I want to be a bit more specific though, I really watched mostly the NLCS because:
1) I can't stand watching the Yankees, even if they are losing
2) I REALLY can't stand Craig Sager and his ridiculous outfits.
3) see 1 and 2
So the NLCS it was. And because of their absolute commitment to their team in both the NLDS and the NLCS, I present this...
...to you, the fans of the San Francisco Giants!
Let me explain a bit further. You see, back in 2003, I made a major decision in my life and decided to quit smoking. Why, you may ask? Well, I had other reasons as well, but I remember clearly when the Boston Red Sox were battling toe-to-toe with the Oakland A's in the ALDS. Every game was tight, and Boston dropped the first two, and then found a way to push it to a 5th and deciding game in Oakland. Boston ended up winning the game in an absolute nail-biter 4-3 and and I puffed away shaky-handed after the game I said "If I am going to make it through this type of series with the Yankees, I have to give this #$%@ up". So I did, quit cold turkey. To this day.
Back to Giants fans. I understand the playoffs stress. Every wait between pitches can be agonizing. Your Giants played in games with scores: 1-0, 4-5, 3-2, 3-2, 4-3, 1-6, 3-0, 6-5, 2-4, 3-2.
Out of 10 playoff games, 6 decided by 1 run, 30 runs scored to 29 allowed. The were a couple take a breath games in there and Giants fans definitely needed that breath. I remember when the Sox were taking it to the Cards for the championship and my friends and coworkers asked me if it wouldn't be more entertaining if the games were closer (repeated again with the Rockies series)...um....no.
So for stomaching all the runners in scoring position (especially in game 6), the one-run games, and Craig Sager's suits in the NLDS, I salute Giants fans with some Mylanta. Now get some rest.
Being a card blog, how about some SF cards? 2010 Heritage Madison Bumgarner Rookie Chrome card. Stylin.
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