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Memo To The San Francisco Giants, From: A Giants Fan
September 23, 2010, 2:42 am
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Baseball is a mythologically, intricately complex pastime the nuances of which poets and physicists alike are destined to grapple with for time immemorial, or as long as humans walk this earth. In baseball, through the perfectly-calibrated magic of a stick, a ball, and a four-sided diamond, infinite possibilities are opened up. Randomness and chaos, heroism and emotion, action and pastoral beauty – baseball encapsulates it all, the wealth of human experience.

In particular, the strategies involved in baseball are immense. No single human mind could possibly grasp them all, and that includes me. Indeed, let me be the first to admit that when it comes to the game of baseball I am not exactly a strategic genius.

But I do know one thing: when you play a baseball game, regardless of your strategic acumen, it is a metaphysical impossibility to win that game if you don’t score any runs.

Something to keep in mind.

UPDATE 9/23: Looks like they got my memo!

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Many said the same thing of the Koufax-Drysdale-era Dodgers, but somehow they actually managed to win.

Look, you really should stop complaining. If you are a baseball fan these days, just be thankful you are not a fan of the Dodgers. Now, that is just humiliating. It’s the ghost of Georgia Frontiere wrapped up in 9 to 5 wrapped up in Heaven Can Wait; but it can’t.

If the MLB owners assocation does not force the McCourts to get rid of their team, they are derelict in their duty to protect the national pastime.

Comment by Pastorius

You’re right, I shouldn’t complain. The Giants are lucky to even be anywhere close to the playoffs at all. It’s just that the Giants have had this habit of contending in years where they seem to have no business contending. And then getting my hopes up. And then crushing those hopes. There have been some years where they contended with what I thought were genuinely good teams who deserved to be near the top, even deserved better than what they actually got – 1993, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003. But most of these contending years, it’s been held together with duct tape and luck.

I know I should prefer a lucky contending team to just a bad team. The problem is if I get my hopes up and start Believing. And then they go and do things like reveal the kind of team that (deep down I believe) they really are.

Things such as getting shut out 4 times in 12 days.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

[...] Baseball, says Sonic Charmer, is “intricately complex,” and so it is, but there are a few simple concepts at its core, and this is one of them: [W]hen you play a baseball game, regardless of your strategic acumen, it is a metaphysical impossibility to win that game if you don’t score any runs. [...]

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[...] as I reminded you guys last year around this time, there’s one thing I know about the infinitely complex game of baseball: [...]

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