The season is over. The Dodgers beat the Giants 5-1 and now Theo Epstein And Other Losing GMs Whose Names I Can’t Remember are going into their war rooms/man caves/boring offices and getting ready to tackle the offseason.
Not Sabean. Not us Giants fans. The horchata ice cream is on steeping right now – horchata is a cinnamon rice drink from Mexico and it’s divine – and I am celebrating. Because these playoffs, silly extra wildcard and all, are going to be pretty damn exciting. There was serious drama in Oakland this afternoon with the A’s stealing the division title from the Rangers at the last moment and Emily, in the car, turning on her radio right before the last out and promptly, oh, slamming it off.
Still, it will be interesting for the Rangers. They’ve lost in the World Series two years in a row… something had to change. This could be just the shakeup they need, you know?
(Positive affirmations FTW.)
Anyway, as some of you (a few of you? Yeah? Maybe even one?) might remember, last year on the final day of the regular season, I made a list: 162 Things I Loved About 2011 in San Francisco Giants-Land. I will go on the record as saying that was insane. It took me a couple of days vegetating in bed and a few more days of H&M retail therapy to recover. So, this year, I’ve decided to be do something a little… different. 5 Things I Loved 2012 in San Francisco Giants-Land! (America’s youth is no longer ambitious. You have proof.)
5. The Marco Scutaro. When Sabean picked up Scutaro, there was more than a little headshaking and whispering in this fandom – hey, you did it too, don’t even try to deny it – and then he began to hit and that was pretty much it. The Marco Scutaro is spectacular.
4. The Bullpen. Believe it or not, Brian Wilson went down this season, even though it feels like ages ago now. And this bullpen has stepped up big time. Sure, there were bumps in the road, but overall? I feel good about ‘em going into the postseason. And that’s huge.
3. The Buster Posey. ‘Nuff said. Also, huge congrats to him winning the batting title. Hunter Pence is keeping secret what present the Giants got him, but I sure know what I would get him if someone would, um, donate the funds.
2. The Matt Cain. Who pitched a perfect game. (Hey, that rhymed!) Not only did that provide us bloggers with endless jokes about his perfection, all season long, but it also was, you know, a perfect game. So there’s that.
1. Making the playoffs. There’s a foggy year in there somewhere (every year is a foggy year in San Francisco, but you know what I mean), but the Giants have bounced back big time and I think they’re seriously, seriously poised to do some damage in the coming weeks. And if possible, I like this team even better than 2010. Playoffs, here we come.
Also, antlers, here I come!