The Giants are on the verge of clinching the National League pennant in what would have to be considered one of the greatest upsets in the Wild Card era.
The Bay Area is going nuts and is partially in shock as Tim Lincecum will take the mound with a chance to not only win the Pennant, but set up the rotation while the Rangers and Yankees will battle deep into the weekend.
You would think that the whole Bay Area, which hasn’t seen a pro champion since the 49ers beat the Chargers in the 1995 Super Bowl, would be thrilled.
Ahhh… you forget the power of venom.
Lest we forget the Oakland A’s fans. And when you think A’s fans, you SHOULD be thinking of Don Marquez, friend to Sully Baseball, author of the wonderful book Generation A’s Fans and part of a gigantic family of rabid Oakland fans.
They are A’s fans and Giants HATERS.
(It is safe to say that NONE of them own one of those Half A’s Half Giants hats that made the rounds in 1989.
And one thing Don and his family seem to love is the fact that the World Series title count in the Bay Area is A’s 4 and Giants 0.
(4 to 0 was also the result when the A’s and Giants squared off in the 1989 World Series.)
In the book he describes how he and some members of his family went to AT&T Park and asked security where they kept the World Series trophies for the San Francisco Giants.
Good solid venom.
And now he is feeling like that ultimate bragging right could be slipping away.
And he isn’t happy about it.
Hang in there Don.
I guess it is the same as if you were a Yankee fan in 2004, realizing the days of chanting 19-18 were coming to a close.
He laments upon this potentially dark day in Athletics Nation today.
So is his book.