October 9, 2009

The Power of Failing: San Francisco Giants 2009

Oh, to be a Giants fan. Charles M. Schulz of Peanuts fame knew this heart ache. Schulz moved to the Bay Area in 1958, following the Giants the same year of their move from New York. In his lifetime, he experienced only two World Series visits, one of which was immortalized in a December 22, 1962 strip in which Linus and Charlie Brown are looking disappointed, only for Charlie to break the silence in the last panel with "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?" Charlie Brown lived the predicament that the Giants are consistently finding themselves: just a little bit more.

Such is 2009.

The Giants secured their first winning season since 2004, but were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of September. After leading the Wild Card race, they finally gave way to the streaking Colorado Rockies and ended up four games back for the Wild Card slot.

It was a good year, but "just a little bit more." Pablo "Kung-fu Panda" Sandoval led the team with 21 home runs. I know that AT&T Park is pitcher friendly, but you can't tell me that letting a Molina brother hitting 16 homers be your second highest home run hitter is acceptable! Thank God for the pitching because we scored a whopping 657 runs in 162 games. By contrast, those bastards from Los Angeles scored 780 runs and the Cardinals scored 730. If that staff had some run production behind it, it could be even more epic!

And that's been the story since the sport basically told Bonds to go fuck himself and we attempted to airbrush him out of the annals of Giants history. No go to run producer is really of no help.

So, yep, 2009, another year of just not enough. Welcome to Charlie Brown land, America.