So I don't spend
a lot any time blogging here about sports, but the fact is that I'm a pretty big fan, particularly of football and baseball, and especially of my San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. During football season, you can usually catch me going to a sports bar to watch every Niners game, no matter how crappy they're getting, and during Spring and Summer (and hopefully early Fall!), I'm often watching Giants games on my TV or computer. (Thank you modern technology!) I think I've become even more of a fan since moving to New York because following the teams makes me feel closer to San Francisco, the city where I was born and lived until I left for college over (sigh) a decade-and-a-half ago.
So why do I bring this up tonight? Well, next to the Giants winning the World Series (so close ... so damn close ... one day please!), and the Niners winning the Super Bowl (old hat, but it's been so long now and I fear the current drought will continue for some time), and the Warriors winning the NBA Championship (hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaha), the thing I love the most in all of sports is watching the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers – they're just evil, you know? (Yeah yeah, LA lovers. We all know you're sick, so your comments are worthless here.) The Dodgers losing is often good enough, but watching the Giants beat them is better. Watching the Giants sweep them in a four game series in San Francisco for the first time since 1975 while taking a 2.5 game lead in the division and cementing that sweep with a dominating 9-3 trouncing while not having the best (and only dependable) starter appear in the series is better than I could have ever imagined.
Here in New York, nobody can see beyond Yankees-Red Sox or maybe Yankees-Mets. But out West, Giants-Dodgers carries some weight, far more than the local Giants-A's rivalry does. (Although I should note that even rabid Giants fans don't chant "Beat LA" when the team is playing someone else like I witnessed the Fenway fans doing for no apparent reason while I was at a game there ... against the Tigers.) I don't think this Giants team is going very far this year, at least not without the team making some major moves, but I'll be following until the bitter end, and no matter what happens, this little four-game series will remain a bright spot for the entire season.