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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Giants Sweep Arizona -- Is it Safe To Be Happy Yet?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Happy endings are few and far between for the Giants
  • Happy endings are few and far between for the Giants
Happy endings are few and far between for the Giants
Ramon Ramirez' 1-2-3 ninth inning moments ago sealed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and vaulted the Giants to the precipice of a divisional championship.

The question is -- when can we be happy? With only a collapse for the ages in the forthcoming three-game series vs. San Diego separating San Francisco from glory, when can fans finally exhale?

For your humble narrator, it'll be a while yet. As anyone but a baseball novice knows, San Francisco has never won a World Series. The final out of a season has always witnessed the Giants watching some other team celebrate -- and the team's fans envying those residing elsewhere.

Every instance that this year -- whenever "this year" is -- could be different has ultimately been a painful miscalculation. But, then again, this year could be different. And, in order to enjoy the reward of long years of futile pining for success, one must invest those long, painful years.

To coldheartedly shut oneself out of emotional involvement with the team due to the heavy likelihood of ultimate failure -- 100 percent, so far -- is, in the end, to deprive oneself. Sure, the memory of a championship team will mature in years to come -- and the memory is eternal. But, not unlike enjoying the pleasures of youth as opposed to reminiscing about them, the immediate joy cannot be recaptured.

The Giants are one win away from the postseason. And, after that -- who knows?

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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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