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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Does Giants Ad Urge Players To Come Down With Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 5:30 AM


Minus the big lug who used to patrol left field, this year the Giants are selling themselves as a young team full of likable, everyday fellas who hustle, hustle, hustle even when they're brushing their teeth. That, in essence, is what the exec who created the team's advertising told us -- though we wonder what San Francisco wants more: A group of chipper boys-next-door who lose 60 percent of their games or an assemblage of nasty degenerates who win 60 percent of the time. Remember, it was a former Giant -- manager Leo Durocher -- who once noted that "The nice guys are all over there, in seventh place, not in this dugout."

Or, as the headline writers put it, "Nice guys finish last."

Of course, the banner ad pictured above conjures up myriad new questions. Namely, will San Franciscans embrace a team of nice guys -- with STDs? Or is having itchy, burning genitalia just a method of ensuring these new-look giants hustle, hustle, hustle? You'd run out grounders as well if it kept your mind off the searing pain of chlamydia.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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