Throws Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Look, nobody got higher on the Giants’ run through the postseason than I did. I waited decades for the Giants, my team, to win a World Series. So, to go from imagining my dying without being able to savor a world title to their winning two in three years is pretty heady stuff. So, I get the “San Francisco is the best … the Giants are the best … Sabean’s the best GM … the smell of fish at the wharf is like perfume … black and orange are the best colors in the world … Bruce Bochy’s the best manager around … the parade was the best parade ever … the rain in the ninth inning of the NLCS clincher was the best rain in history …” (I’ll go along with Bochy being the best manager in baseball. That’s a no-brainer at this point.)
I get how people drunk on the Giants’ success can rush to coronate Sabean the best GM when, really, he’s the best builder of baseball teams in 2012 who has access to something close to piles of cash. Beane doesn’t have access to piles of cash, although the Athletics penny-pinching ownership did let him sign franchise stud Yoenis Cespedes and make some trade deadline deals to bolster a lineup that was really, really (really, really) young. (The sales job Beane must’ve done to get Cespedes fresh out of Cuba … man!)
...The parade is long over, so I don’t feeling like I’m raining on it by pointing out that the Giants have a hole in left field and aren’t entirely certain whether Pence is worth what they’re paying him to play right. The A’s have Cespedes in left field and Reddick in right — anchoring the middle of the batting order.
It’s next year already, so … whose corner outfielders you like better? (It’s November and no time to go through the entire lineup or 40-man roster.)
...Hey, I love the Giants. I’ve always liked the A’s. I’m not one of those love one-hate the other Bay Area baseball fans. So, tap the brakes and let off the gas because everything connected to the Giants isn’t necessarily the best in baseball.
Posted: November 02, 2012 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
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