For longtime Giants fans, this means rethinking our identity as fans. We are no longer rooting for a forgotten team searching for a championship, a team that for a period of close to half a century were either mediocre or found a way to lose championships in dramatic, and occasionally strange, ways. Fans of other teams have experienced similar things. Any thoughtful Red Sox fan would have to rethink the narrative of being cursed and long suffering that was part of what being a fan of that team meant for more than eight decades, but after 2004 and 2007 can no longer be taken seriously. Similarly, a fan of the Orioles from 1966-1983 would have thought of that team as always contending, having stellar pitching and usually being in or around the playoffs while occasionally winning a championship, but over the last 30 years, the Orioles have evolved into being a very different, and less successful, franchise.
Written by Lincoln Mitchell On In Baseball, San Francisco Tagged San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, World Series, Detroit Tigers, Bobby Richardson, Willie McCovey, Dusty Baker, Russ Ortiz, Atlee Hammaker, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Christy Mathewson, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds