Without a doubt, a Giants fan’s favorite holiday is Halloween. It’s the perfect time to stock up on all thing orange and black: cupcake liners to hold treats at games and parties, balloons for the next Opening Day, gift bags for your favorite fan, decorative bows for your hair, beads and colored twine for making bracelets and earrings that you may or may not ever get around to making, and my favorite — orange and black striped socks. Bonus points if you can find these items on sale after Halloween.
But October isn’t just for getting bargains in team colors. If you’re lucky — and that seems to be the case this year — the team will be in the post season. There’s something about playoff games that make a team respond differently than they do in the regular season. it could be that since the season of 162 game is so long, losing a few here or there doesn’t seem to be such a big deal while working your way through them. The ups and downs hopefully even out, and the end result is more wins than losses and more wins than your competitors.
Then the post season begins. This year, the 4 wild card teams had one game to prove their worthiness to proceed to the next level. In that win-or-go-home game, everything was on the line, and the teams played their hearts out. The Giants came out victorious against the scary Pirates. The other wildcard was between the A’s, a spunky team that had been on top during most of the season but fell apart at the end, and the Royals who hadn’t been in the playoffs for 29 years. It was a close game, but the baseball gods didn’t smile favorably on the A’s, and they cleaned out their lockers the following day.
So far, the post season has had a number of surprises. Kansas City rolled over the Angels, known as the best team in baseball this year, in three games. The Orioles overcame the perpetually strong Tigers. The Dodgers are not running away with their series against the Cardinals, and we’ll have to wait to see how it goes in the next few days. I’m rooting for the Cards. And the Giants are once again showing that they’re a different team when the playoffs hit — they’ve taken the first 2 out of 3 games from the Nationals, a team that many thought would take it all. That may or may not happen, but at least they can tell their grandchildren that they made history with a post season double header game that was really only one — game 2 of the NLDS that lasted 18 innings. Watching that game was exhausting and I was starving part way through, especially after a friend sent me a text that she had finished off a can of pork and beans. When I asked if it was heated or cold, she said ‘room temperature.’ Oh, what we do for our team . . .
A few observations from the playoffs so far:
- All 4 California teams made the post season
- Both Missouri teams are playing
- The 2 teams from the Washington DC area are in the playoffs
- Of the 10 teams vying for the trophy, 5 have members of the coaching staff with links to the Giants: (1) A’s Manager Bob Melvin, former Giants catcher. (2) Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, former Giants catcher. (3) Nationals Manager Matt Williams, former Giants third baseman. (4) VP of Medical Services Stan Conte and General Manager Nick Coletti of the Dodgers. (5) Detroit first base coach Omar Visquel, former Giants short stop. And there are probably more.
The Giants have an affinity for winning it all in even numbered years. I’ve had to get a new phone in 2010 and 2012, and happily I got new cases to go with each. Not knowing any techno-savvy 14 year olds, I couldn’t figure out how to take a picture of my current phone with my phone, so just imagine that you’re looking at a case with the 2012 championship logo on it. I’m due for a phone upgrade again, and would love to add to my collection of championship cases.
Depending on who makes to to the World Series, here’s what could happen:
- An all blue game, with Dodgers and Royals – that would be boring. Update 10/7/14: there will NOT be an all blue World Series in 2014
- A red, white and blue series with the Royals vs Cardinals or Nationals. Update 10/7/14: The Nationals will not be participating this year
- An all black and orange series with the Orioles and Giants. Update 10/7/14: this continues to be a possibiility
Of course, you know which one I’m rooting for. Come on guys, I need a new phone and I have a lot of socks to wear.