Last night was the second big game I’ve missed due to concert tickets in as many years. Last year, it was game six of the World Series and as it turned out, I wasn’t terribly sad that I missed that. And last night… well, I can’t say with complete sincerity that I wish I’d seen that one. I did sneak over to the bar and subtly glance up at the TV screen and as it turned out, it just as the score went final. I squinted. 3-0? 6-0? 9-0? No. That couldn’t be. But it could be. And it was.
(This was a different tack than last time, when I made everyone I was with swear to keep me in the dark, should they happen to figure something out about the game. I also walked as far away as I could from random people, because I was afraid that someone would mention the game in passing and I didnotdidnot want to know. In case you’re wondering, yes, this is a completely true story.)
Nothing went right for the Giants last night. They were outhit 2-13 and now they’re down 2-0 in a five game series and the rest this one is in Cincinnati. Cain and Bumgarner are burned so it’s down to Vogelsong. The team can’t really hit or pitch or field at the moment, but other than that, all is well.
That’s the bad stuff. Ready for some good stuff?
In my completely non-scientific studies, home-field advantage in the playoffs is not all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t bother showing me statistics that support the importance of home field advantage. As I said, completely non-scientific. Who knows, playing without Panda hats and, you know, weed in the crowd could be just the wakeup call the team needs.
Also, Ryan Vogelsong is pretty darn fantastic. He’s had his ups and downs, but haven’t they all? (With the exception of Matt Cain who is Matt Cain so that’s irrelevant.)
It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. Don’t lose faith, Giants fans, there’s still baseball to be played and anything can happen. Pep talks for the win.
The odds are decidedly not in our favor. But were they in Jennifer-Lawrence’s-character-whose-name-does-not-immediately-come-to-mind-but-she-was-kinda-similar-to-her-character-in-Winter’s-Bone? The answer is no, in case you got lost somewhere in there.
If all else fails, stock up on some almond chocolate cookies from Trader Joe’s. I just took my own advice and trust me, it works.