Giants fans… this glass is HALF FULL

Before Giants fans go all nuts about losing that game the other day, let’s pull a Superman and spin the world backwards and go back in time.

Let’s spin in alllllll the way back ONE WEEK!

If I told you as the NLCS was about to start that the Giants would be still alive after 5 games, I am guessing you would have ALL TAKEN THAT, right?

Most experts, including me, had the Giants losing in 5 games. So being ALIVE after 5 should be feeling pretty good.

If I told you the Giants would only need to win ONE game in Philadelphia, you’d all take that too.

If I told you Sanchez and Cain would be on full rest, you’d take that in a heart beat.

And if I told you that Roy Halladay would not be starting EITHER of the last 2 games, you’d probably thought your soul was sold.

The Giants are AHEAD of schedule.
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, thought the Giants would be up 3-1 in this series.

Keep proper perspective. The Giants, if they win, will have pulled off one of the great upsets in recent baseball history. Don’t act upset that it could take longer then 5 games to pull it off!

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THE RANGERS DID IT! Mariners and Nationals… you are on the clock

The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series.
Those words look strange being typed out.

I honestly thought they would never make it in their history. But here they are.

And I am thinking about Washington for several reasons.

The Rangers WERE the second version of the Washington Senators before they moved to Arlington.

The team currently in Washington, the Nationals, are one of only two franchises to never had made the World Series.

The other also plays in Washington… Washington State. The Mariners.

The Nationals got to within one game of the 1981 World Series when they were the Montreal Expos.

The Mariners made it to three ALCS berths and getting to Game 6 in 1995 and 2000.

But alas no pennants.

So you are on notice, Mariners and Nationals.
Everyone else has made it in BUT you. All of the original franchises have won at least one World Series.

The Nationals franchise has been around since 1969. The Mariners showed up in 1977.

The Expansion of 1961 and 1962 gave baseball the Mets (who won the 1969 and 1986 World Series and the 1973 and 2000 pennants) the Astros franchise (who won the 2005 pennant), the Angels franchise (who won the 2002 World Series) and now the Texas Rangers.

The expansion of 1969 gave us the Nationals franchise, the Padres (winners of the 1984 and 1998 pennants), the Royals (winner of the 1985 World Series and the 1980 pennant) and the Brewers franchise (winner of the 1982 pennant.)

The 1977 expansion introduced the Blue Jays (winner of the 1992 and 1993 World Series) and the Mariners.

The 1993 expansions brought the Marlins (winner of the 1997 and 2003 World Series) and the Rockies (winner of the 2007 pennant) to the show.

And finally the 1998 expansion sparked the Diamondbacks (winner of the 2001 World Series) and the Rays franchise (winner of the 2008 pennant.)

Put together a pennant winner and get off this board.
If the Rangers can do it in the sweltering heat, then your team can do it.

Your road to the pennant starts…… now!

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Yankee haters… give them 24 hours. Yankee fans… expect to get it BADLY

I urge my fellow Yankee haters to not taunt Yankee fans tonight. In fact give them 24 hours to grieve.

Out of courtesy.
Out of dignity.

Unless of course if you are a Texas Rangers fan.
Then by all means let loose. But you must also supply a photograph of you wearing a Texas Rangers hat PRIOR to 2010.

Preferably a picture of you with some classic Rangers player. Maybe with Ruben Sierra or Rusty Greer.

But all other fans… hold back for 24 hours. And that means YOU TOO, Red Sox fans! And Mets fans!

The Red Sox and Mets were playing golf when the playoffs started. Our fan bases have little to crow about.

So seriously… do something that a lot of Yankee fans don’t do that often:
Show a little respect to another fan base and put yourselves in their shoes.

Their season went up in smoke… and they didn’t even have the moment of facing the big Kahuna, Cliff Lee, in a showdown.

Let them have their 24 hours.

But Yankee fans… know what is coming and know it is going to be bad.

As I said in my Vlog the other day, you MUST understand that your role in baseball is to be the bad guy.

It isn’t a Red Sox fan thing… or a Mets fan thing… it is general in baseball.

The check out girl at Trader Joe’s in my town in California was hearing me talk about Baseball with someone else. She said “I don’t care who wins, as long as someone beats the Yankees.”

I was in a bar in Walla Walla Washington in 2002 when the Angels eliminated the Yankees. You would have thought everyone in the bar was born and raised as Angels fans.

It is part of the fabric of America.
You either love or hate the Yankees. And guess what? A lot of people LIKE TO SEE THEM LOSE!

And a lot of people think the Yankee fans are a smidge arrogant. I don’t know why. Maybe because they remind you of how many times they have won constantly… the greatest of their team constantly… how they will win and how it is a given constantly… and are entitled to have every single superstar in the game.

If you walk around beating people up, driving an awesome car and saying “Hey… your girlfriend is hot… pretty soon, she’ll be with ME!”

You root for Billy Zabka.

And sometimes Billy Zabka wins… like last year.

And sometimes Billy Zabka loses.

And when Billy Zabka falls down, EVERYONE cheers.
Billy Zabka can’t look up and say “Hey! Only Ralph Macchio can be happy now. The rest of you punks I beat up have to be quiet.”

No.
It doesn’t work that way.

When the bully gets knocked down a peg, everyone else that person bullies wants to cheer.

And they will.

So brace yourselves, Yankee fans. If you want to chant “27 titles” and remind everyone how awesome your team is… don’t be surprised when some people revel in your misery.

It’s the price you pay.

But you should get 24 hours to grieve.

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