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Monday, October 6, 2014

San Francisco Giants: A Chance to Make History, Yet Again

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The streets of San Francisco are coursing with orange-clad revelers harboring a keen sense of anticipation. It's a special time right now — and, it must be pointed out, the perfect moment at which to stage a jailbreak and melt away into the crowd. 

In past years, Giants fans self-applied the term "torture" to describe the experience of rooting for this beguiling team. Your humble narrator phoned up torture memo author professor John Yoo to ask if this was apt. His answer was, dare we say it, tortured

Since that time the Giants have bagged two championships. The team is still not easy to watch and old habits die hard. But bringing up "torture" while two World Series pennants flutter over AT&T Park would be a bit much. It would hark to well-fed diners evoking a famine while waiting too long for a meal to be delivered in an upscale restaurant. 

Bottom line: We've got it pretty good. 

But things could be better. And, after today, they may be. Burgeoning folk hero Madison Bumgarner takes the ball for the Giants at 2 p.m., with a 2-0 series lead in a best of five. If you're a Giants fan, you couldn't ask for anything more. Which, of course, makes a Giants fan nervous. 

click to enlarge Saturday's Game 2 was the baseball game James Joyce wrote...
  • Saturday's Game 2 was the baseball game James Joyce wrote...
It's difficult to overstate the bizarre nature of the path that brought the Giants to this point. Saturday/Sunday's 6 hour and 23-minute game was out-and-out Wagnerian. But, when you think about it, it was also a bit Joycean. 

Like Ulysses, the Giants 18-inning, 2-1 victory over Washington was hailed as a classic. But it was a classic that was more agonizing than entertaining; one which very few could say they made it all the way through (and no one would want to revisit in its entirety); and an incredibly lengthy affair in which very little occurred. 

And still: classic. But only if the Giants wins this series. With Bumgarner on the mound and the Nationals depleted by a truly demoralizing loss, there's no time like the present. 

It sounds trite, but it's true: It's a great day for baseball. 

Update: Bollocks

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About The Author

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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