The Giants won game 1 of the World Series last night. It's a thrill to see how excited this city is. There is Giants gear everywhere, and a buzz throughout the town. I so want my team that I have loved almost all my life to win the World Series. But, history gives me pause. Now, before I start with my sad memories, this is not some insipid Dan Shaunessy "Curse of the Bambino" Red Sox thing. I will not die sad if the Giants never win, and my love of the team does not define me. That being said…
1989 – I'm at a high school dance, and game 1 is on a TV set up in the hall. The sound is not on, so Billy Ocean provides the color commentary to this Giants loss. The series (better known for the interrupting Loma Prieta quake) would be a dismal loss for the Giants. The A's would not trail in any game, and they shut down my favorite player Will "The Thrill" Clark. Giants lose in 4. Probably because 2 games were played after Loma Prieta, there was not a lot of celebratory buzz in the city. I don't remember seeing a lot of decoration or people talking. Although it did give rise to thee abomination that is the Giants & A's half and half ballcap. Still, the loss (and the A's utter domination) hurt.
2002 – This one was far worse however. Game 5. I joined a bunch of friends to watch the game at a sports bar in North Beach (random aside we watched the game at ex infamous topless bar The Condor) The Series was tied 2-2, and we were in a room full of Giants fans. It was a fun night, the Giants won big, and the highlight of the night was JT Snow pulling little Darren Baker out of the way of danger as a run scored. I turned to my friend Scott during the game and said in disbelief "The Giants are going to win the World Series." Sadly, the Angels won both games in Anaheim (including a heart breaking game 6) to crush my hopes. 2002 really hurt. The Giants looked like the better team, and played so well through the first 5 games. Only to cough it up in the last two. Sigh.
It's mainly 2002 that has me worried about this year. Still, the Giants have great pitching (like historically great) and that goes a long way. My concerns about their offense were definitely calmed by the big showing in Game 1, but I still have nagging worries there and about the defense. So, I am worried, but I think the Giants win in 6. Should I have said that? I don't want to jinx things again.
PS – This World Series is leading to Only in San Francisco moments like a medicinal marijuana clinic offering it's patients a free joint everytime a Giant hits a homer, or crossdressing Beach Blanket Babylon performers in pregame ceremonies. No one throws a party like the City That Knows How!
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