Friday, July 10, 2009

Giants fans have nothing to complain about

Dear San Francisco Giants fans:

Quit the whining. You’re starting to sound like Boston Red Sox fans.

You complained about Barry Zito and yet he’s had a winning record since May 24 and, coincidentally, the Giants have gone 28-15 since then.

You griped about needing a big bat in the lineup. Well, you got a big man with a big bat – “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval who would have been in the All-Star Game if you had outvoted Hawaii and its native son Shane Victorino.

You grumbled about Jonathan Sanchez being in the rotation and rejoiced when he was demoted to the bullpen and yet he returned as a starter on Friday night and threw a friggin' no-hitter with his father watching.

Stop it. The Giants will go into the All-Star Game break as the National League wildcard playoff leader. They have two (Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain) of the top 10 starting pitchers in the league, if not the majors. They finally have found a lead-off hitter, Aaron Rowand. They have a lovable lug of a first baseman/third baseman/catcher, Sandoval, the best combo player in San Francisco since Huey Lewis sang and blew into a harmonica.

Following Sanchez’s no-no on Friday night, only the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers had more wins this season and were at least 10 games over .500.

And yet Giants fans seem to always find fault with someone or something about this team?

This season you’ve seen a 300th career victory. You’ve seen a no-hitter. You’ve seen progress, more than you ever expected or imagined or even hoped.

The Giants are having a truly magical season. Realize it. Enjoy it!


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