We are, somehow, one series away from September baseball. The Giants are going to be playing only other NL West teams this coming month, with six games against the arch-nemesis Diamondbacks and seven against the Rockies, who may contend a little down the stretch, just ‘cause.
Which means the Giants have 27 innings and three days to figure out what the heck they are doing this year and they’ll be doing it against the Cubs, starting tonight.
I’m not an absolutist and I do believe in fairies (I do! I do!) but I think there are really just two options at this point.
First! (Note: I am not endorsing this or recommending this.)
The Giants could fade away into the sunset that is the end of the baseball season and the hugable moments that were Eric Surkamp and Mark DeRosa on Saturday night will fade into the good-but-not-great memories of 2011. This team has had a lot (a lot?) of injuries this year, after all. This is a legitimate option.
Second! (Note: I am totally endorsing and recommending this.)
The Giants could realize that the darkest time of night is right before dawn and all that and the hugable moments there were Eric Surkamp and Mark DeRosa on Saturday night will soon be regarded as just predictions of what was to come for this team. This team has had a lot (a lot?) of injuries this year, but they are mega-resilient, too. This is way beyond a legitimate option.
So. I think you can tell where I stand on all this, but as to what will really happen? I’m stumped.
In any case, I got a little lone-Barry-Zito-fan-happiness out of hearing that the ankle is doing a little better and he’s optimistic. I’d like to see him back this year. Yep, after all that. I still would.
And speaking of the ankle! Did anyone else see the photo of it they had on The Franchise last week? I’m not prone to saying “ew” but for lack of a better word… ew. They shouldn’t be allowed to show that kind of thing on TV without warning me or something. Just an, “Emily- enormously swollen ankle, coming up next!” text would have done the trick, you know?
And no, I won’t show you a screen-grab of it. Because I’m nice to my viewers, like that.