I generally don’t have much of a rooting interest other than wanting the Dodgers to win. Though many LA fans despise the Giants, I don’t think that rivalry has really lived up to its reputation in decades, so I wasn’t really biased either way when the NL West race came down to the final days.
However, that’s all well and good when we’re talking about a series in September or even who makes the playoffs, but it’s a completely different animal when the prize is a World Series championship. Watching a rival go all the way after the Dodgers had come so close in each of the previous two years would be just another crushing blow in a season full of them. Remember, the Giants have never won a title for San Francisco, with their last championship coming in 1954 back in New York. Now’s not the time to break that streak.
And the Phillies? Well, before 2008 I was basically indifferent to them, and might have even backed them just because of how awful they were for so many years. But after the way they stood in the way of the Dodgers making it to the World Series in both 2008 and 2009, we can’t possibly cheer for them either.
No, there’s only one option here. Let’s go Rangers.
If it is the Giants rather than the Phillies coming out of the NL, that will make for a fun subplot regarding Texas catcher Bengie Molina, who was traded from San Francisco to Texas in July. It’s baseball tradition that anyone who played for a champion receives a ring and a playoff share, even if they didn’t last the season due to being traded or demoted, with a great example being Nomar Garciaparra getting a 2004 Red Sox ring despite being traded to Chicago in July.
Of course, most of those players don’t end up actively trying to prevent their former team from winning in October. In one sense, Molina would be guaranteed of a ring no matter what happens, but if the Giants did end up winning, would they send him a plastic one like you’d find in a box of Cracker Jack?
Let’s say it is Giants/Rangers. Clearly, that’s MLB’s worst nightmare from a television standpoint, as Yankees/Phillies was the marquee matchup many hoped for. Giants/Rangers would probably be one of the lowest-rated World Series matchups of all time, and you’ll hear about that a lot. However, it would also be a huge win for those concerned about parity in the game, as opposed to a Yankees/Phillies showdown. You just can’t please everyone, can you?
One of my readers is looking to share a portion of his season tickets at face value for next year due to rising prices.
My family has been season ticket holders for as long as I can remember. We want to sell a portion of the season to people for face value.
We have tickets in Aisle 1 row P the 4 on the aisle 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Interested? Contact him via email.