DC has not treated us well. It’s not that, big picture-wise, things are that bad. The Giants are tied with the Dodgers for first place with a few days to go until the All Star Break and they’re currently on track for a 90-win season. Brandon Crawford is edging in on .250 and The Pablo Sandoval of the Cute Nickname hit a single, a double and a pretty fab homer. We have a million and one All Stars on our team, for Pete’s sake. Things are looking up.
Well, no. Not exactly. Yesterday, Tim Lincecum got shelled and basically looked like a drowned animal out there and then Madison took the mound today and things were not a lot better. See, I know that the ball flies well in hot weather but isn’t that supposed to apply to, um, both sides? Perhaps in the nation’s capital all the rules change. Because the Nationals are hotter than hot at this moment and holding onto the best record in the National League. Get those conspiracy theories about the Nationals having the same name as the National League out of your system. Done? Okay. Let’s move on.
Anyhows, this was a bad moment to head to DC. The weather is dismal and the Nats are very, very good. The Giants are showing signs of fading. Before you snap at me, I don’t mean fading for good. Just fading as in can-all-25-of-us-go-to-the-All-Star-Game-already kind of fading. It’s like the last week of school. Everyone wants to get to the good stuff. Good stuff being the second half. Because I have a rather fantastic feeling about the second half.
But first, all 25 of them need to go to the All Star Game.
And first first, there’s one more game in DC, which we can just skip over and pretend isn’t happening, and then a series at PNC Park. Them Pirates currently lead the NL Central (and no, they do not have the same name as the league so, see, that was irrational) by half a game and are 7-3 in their last 10. Read: pretty hot. This is going to be fu-un.
Seriously, though, to those of you who are screaming that the Giants have to trade for a pitcher, ssshhh. The pitching is just fine, en général (except when they face the, eh, aptly named Nationals) and as for Lincecum, we probably shouldn’t get rid of him just yet. Or that might go down in history as the worst trade ever, right behind Melky for J-Sanch. Oh burn, KC. Oh burn.
Also! Did you know that the Royals do not play in Kansas? Yeah. Fun fact of the day. Also, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is the only factory in that world that mixes its chocolate by waterfall. Just worth noting.
p.s. I almost forgot… happy 4th, people! I may or may not have said earlier today that I wanted to watch fireworks on TV, because I like the celebrations from around the world. Because, duh, they celebrate American Independence Day around the word. (May or may not have been thinking of New Year’s Eve.)