Aesop would have a field day with us Giants fans. (That is my bit of wisdom for the day. You are very welcome. If you are a little puzzled – understandable – then read on.)
Giants fans spent the better part of the last several years, with the exception of a few World Series drunk months, calling for the Giants management to play the young guys. Heck, play the semi-kinda-sorta-not-even-really-all-that-young guys. We all know how Bochy loves his veterans and Sabean has a bit of a penchant for them as well. In 2010, lightening hit a bottle and those veterans were brilliant, brilliant enough to win the team a championship. But as 2011 showed, perhaps, it was just that: lightening in a bottle. Which means it can’t be repeated. So the calling for the young guys started again.
Then partially by necessity (injuries) and maybe partially by design, it happened. 2012 has seen a whole crop of young guys decorating the Major League roster. Observe:
Those are the birthdates of the 25 man roster right now, excluding the pitchers – because nobody has really been calling for young pitchers lately. With a few notable exceptions, they are young, young, young. They are also, to put it rather bluntly, losing games. They are winning some as well and Gregor Blanco, for instance, is performing quite nicely at the moment, but a lot of them are just simply not performing.
Bruce Bochy has made a few variations of the comment “this is a part of young player’s development” and while that feels a little ridiculous at face value, it is also intriguing, I think. The Giants could go out and get some older players off of waivers or through mini-trades, around the deadline, but even if they won with those guys, would it be worth it, exactly? Maybe they need, at this point, to be finding younger players and building a core. They already have a pitching core and an excellent one at that, but otherwise, they just don’t have one. Not to be completely ornery, but if that is what they do, I am happy to wait through a few losing seasons.
Mostly, I think as fans we have to take a moment of respect for the fact they are playing the young guys, they really are. Maybe not the young guys we want them to play, but it’s happening. Sure, Edgar Renteria looks awfully appealing at this very second, but… I kid, I kid.
Moral of the Story: We want what we can’t have.
Come to think of it, Sigmund (Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund, that is) might also have a field day with us.
p.s. Currently learning to speak with an Aussie accent, by the way. Because Billy Beane loves his Aussies, it seems, and will totally hire me if he thinks I am one. Good career move, mais non? I mean, good career move and g’day mate and all that.