Two Teams Headed for the Same Destiny

Giants fans and Rangers fans are thinking the same thing right now, “This is the year”. The Rangers have never been to the World Series. The Giants have not won a World Series since 1954, when the franchise was still located in New York. 

The Rangers have a multitude of amazing storylines that sentimental types will be drawn to. The most incredible of those stories being Josh Hamilton. A former alcoholic and drug addict, Hamilton’s life was spinning out of control, and his baseball career was an afterthought. He doesn’t have a credit card, doesn’t allow himself to carry large amounts of cash, and like all recovering addicts, has a constant struggle with his former addictions. On Friday, he was named the ALCS Most Valuable Player. Manager Ron Washington admitted to cocaine use during the 2009 season and wasn’t sure if he would be managing this year. Rangers ace Cliff Lee was traded mid-season from the struggling SeattGiants fans and Rangers fans are thinking the same thing right now, “This is the year”. The Rangers have never been to the World Series. The Giants have not won a World Series since 1954, when the franchise was still located in New York.   The Rangers havle Mariners, and has had post-season dominance unlike any other pitcher in history. His aging catcher Bengie Molina was traded mid-season to the Rangers from the NL Pennant winning San Francisco Giants to bring up rookie superstar Buster Posey.

The Giants have their fair share of stories as well. This team of misfits and cast aways somehow banded together to win an NL pennant. Outfielder Cody Ross was released by the Florida Marlins mid-season, and the Giants acquired him primarily to prevent him from going to then NL West leading San Diego Padres. (The Philadelphia Phillies also attempted to claim Ross, but the the Giants had priority with the lesser record.) Ross’ dream growing up was to be a Rodeo Clown, but Saturday night, he won the NLCS Most Valuable Player. At the beginning of the year, many fans clamored for Manager Bruce Bochy and General Manager Brian Sabean to be let go after last year’s disappointing season. Aubrey Huff signed with the Giants for $3,000,000 after not receiving offers from any other team. He has also worn a red “rally thong” since August 30. Closer Brian Wilson has grown a forest on his face. Tim Lincecum has grown a forest on his head.

The Rangers and their $55,00,000 payroll defeated the star studded 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees and their $206,000,000 payroll in six games. The Giants and their group of cast offs, beards, and thongs defeated heavy favorite and back to back NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies in six games as well.

It’s Cliff Lee versus Tim Lincecum. It’s Buster Posey versus Bengie Molina. It’s two teams that have never won it all, and two teams that nobody picked to get this far. But only one of these teams will win 4 more games and be remembered as the 2010 World Series Champion. It’s been a dream run for both of these teams, but for one team the dream will soon end. They will wake up and feel the heartbreak of elimination, of an ended season, of being so close, but unable to win it all. The winner simply won’t wake up from that dream. Their team will be immortalized in their city as the one that finally brought a World Series home. Hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions will be on hand for the championship parade that their city has never seen.

So what happens when two teams are headed for what seems to be the same destiny clash in the World Series? We’re about to find out. May the better team win.

1 Comment

Great post Jon. Hopefully, we’ll win our first World Series in SF history. There’s something magical about this year and it’s unlike any Giants team that I’ve followed in the last 48 years of following them.

Wayne
http://giantfan.mlblogs.com

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