Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Two years ago today

Here's a nice reminder that it's a long season with little point in ranting about a single game, as lousy as today's 9-4 loss was. 

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles has a fine post pointing out that on July 4, 2010, the Giants lost an ugly game to the Rox in 15 innings, culminating a string of eight losses in nine games and 11 losses in 15 -- 

 Buster Posey was removed in the eighth inning so Eli Whiteside could pinch-run. Whiteside struck out with a runner on third and one out in the 13th. He also popped out with a runner on second in the 15th and made a throwing error.
That was the day I was convinced -- utterly convinced -- that the Giants were never going to win the World Series with Brian Sabean picking players and Bruce Bochy putting them down on the chessboard. The great pitching was going to be squandered, just like the super-Bonds years were squandered. They would never stop jerking Posey around. They would never hit. Everything was rotten. Everything was broken.
And my reaction to that game makes it especially silly to go on a tirade about a less dispiriting loss two years later. I don't always play the remember-the-Giants-won-it-all card, but when I do, I bring up the Fourth of July, 2010.

My comment -- To be specific -- they were 41-40 after the loss in Denver, then swept the Brewers 4 straight. A month later, they were 62-45.


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