Reality is hitting with us Giants fans that a repeat of last years' stunning World Championship probably won't be in the offing this year. The team is vastly different, many players that the team depends upon (Buster Posey for one) are on the DL and won't be available until spring training. And the fire seems to have gone out of them--perhaps it is tiredness, or something else. Scoring two or three runs in a game is an uphill battle. And if the opposition scores first, the Giants seem to retreat into themselves and give up.
Don't get me wrong, I adore the Giants and know that a year ago, we were in the same position--6 games behind, not expected to make it past September. I whistle "Don't Stop Believing" to myself regularly hoping that today's game is the ONE, the start of a rally. The team can't remain in this dark cloud for the rest of the season, can it? And I see that the Diamondbacks, our first rival on the road to a repeat, are hot. Even if we win the West over them, we still have to get past the Braves, the Phillies, maybe the Brewers. A tough road to ride, that's for sure.
So, if not the Giants, I am hoping it is the Brewers who make it to the World Series. They remind me of last year's Giants--a collection of misfits, a surprise for the "big name" teams they could see in the postseason. They are playing well. So long as it isn't the Diamondbacks or the Phillies or the Dodgers in the World Series, and the Yankees are defeated soundly, I will be happy. Actually, so long as any East Coast team loses, I am happy. I detest the East Coast bias in major league sports--as if their fans, their teams matter more than the Midwest and West Coast teams and fans.
But watch out next year--the Giants will be back. Posey will be recovered and hopefully the team will pick up a few hitters. The Baby Giraffe (Brandon Belt) and the Panda (Pablo Sandoval) will be on the field, and our pitchers, led by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will be in fine form and the Beard (Brian Wilson) rested to close out the games and strike fear again.