June 30th 2013 Sunday
Having just arrived last night I am back in Northern California where I was born and raised, but just a visit. I can’t stay more than a few weeks so my plan-spend as much time as possible with my son’s the rest at the ocean. Not rushing off to AT&T to watch my beloved SF Giants even though that was naturally my first impulse. I catch quite a few games between Phoenix and San Diego now my time is so short and precious I need my ocean fix! So I was cool putting baseball on the back burner until after the All Star Break.
I planned on being out of range to view many if any Giants games during this trip but when I found my team spiraling down a losing streak of a length that shocked even me-I had to do something and quickly!
Even in this modern-day there is still no internet where I was going to be spending my time so I went old school!
First I removed the orange polish from my toes (something I never do during the season) and painted one big toe BLACK. Put on a Giants shirt I had not worn before, also BLACK. Then I got in my car drove from ocean cove to ocean cove listening to the game on the radio, quickly realizing how much I missed KNBR Radio “Home of your SF Giants”
I never listened to another station until I absolutely had to. During my first months away from the bay area I kept trying to get even a static signal refusing to believe it was really gone, even going out in the desert trying to get a broadcast because someone said I could. I couldn’t and finally gave up listening to the radio in the car all together. Once in range I turned KNBR on ecstatically hanging on every word uttered over the station.
So I’m driving, chanting, jeering, cheering, and willing my team to victory. Trying single-handedly to bring back the “Magic” that use to be all “up in here”. There was no actual “ceremony” no sacrifices were made but it was “Baseball Voodoo” and it worked! After losing six in a row we beat the Rockies that day and I am taking credit.
Silly me, focusing on just one game, trying to break the streak, willing the Giants to win just one game-oops. Just one toe, just one win. What would have happened if I had painted them all black that day? Well, I think we can be pretty certain that with my voodoo powers we would be sitting pretty right about now. Or not.
The message here is…I can “will” the Giants to win!… No, that’s not the message here! The message is… “BELIEVE” that’s the message. ‘Belief’ is what created the magic and lack there of is what killed it.
That and, of course, the PRESSURE.
July 26, 2013 Friday
Lynch mobs were contained before they could string up the current scapegoat-our lovable first baseman Brandon Belt. You would think that he was the first SF Giant to ever screw up and fact is, he is not. Yes, he is struggling, brain explosion, the WHOLE TEAM is struggling! Did his error cost us the game? Maybe, probably but that was last night. There has been much bigger uglier errors and such that he had no involvement in. Last night was ugly and my heart goes out to Belt because unlike some, I know he cares, he didn’t want to make that error and he feels really bad about it. It was a loss for Cain and he deserved the win but Matt should be very understanding. Why? Oh you haven’t forgotten already the disasters Cain and other starters have had on the mound this season. Also ugly but it didn’t change who he is or what he means to this team and last night we saw our reason to support him, always!
Bochy finally showing his frustration openly “This was a tough one,” he said. “It’s always hard at home when you lose a game like this.”
I wouldn’t want to be in that locker room! Now that’s pressure, from the start it has been pressure. Pressure to play like champs, better than any other team.
Until I have proof that these guys are going out there with the intention of playing poorly I will remain a loyal FAN-that means I will root for my team-for better or for worse.
If I were only capable of loving the Giants when they win then I wouldn’t be a FAN for two reasons; 1) You call that being a “FAN”?! What are you crazy?! 2) Out of 55 years in SF the Giants have only two trophy’s both won after less than perfect seasons.
So much for anger over a winning team reverting to a losing team-I’m still celebrating our first trophy that I waited a lifetime for-now they aren’t good enough? Sorry, I don’t play that way, and the team shouldn’t have to go from having the best fans in MLB to having the…well, not the best. They deserve better after all these guys won us two World Championships! I think they are wonderful, now let’s remind them of that.
So to my team, the World Champion San Francisco Giants, a team that has kept my interest and my loyalty for 55 years I would like to say this and I’m saying it as yo mamma so listen up, k? 🙂
“A fundamental rule of life is that whatever you focus on grows.” That said LET’S FOCUS guys! Snap out of it! Focus on the positive. And you positively better start winning some games! 🙂
But if you can’t I know it isn’t because you aren’t trying. Do the best you can and that is all anybody should ask of you. If you try and fail, you won’t be the first. The unhappy “fans” have forgotten the accomplishments of even our “star” players many questioning the abilities of Buster Posey! This is a guy who must wait for a new award to be created because he has won them all as a SF Giant. There isn’t one player I can name off the top of my head that hasn’t been the target of these doubting, know it all, fair weather fan comments. My favorite thing is when the player’s strike back turning those words into food to be eaten by doing something amazing, for instance pitching a no-hitter, laying down a “fat” double, or making an amazing play out of nowhere. This didn’t pan out for Belt last night but I was praying that redemption would be had in the 9th when he gave that ball a ride. And just because it didn’t doesn’t mean it couldn’t or won’t so chin up.
“Repetition cultivates belief. This is the basis of all conditioning, also known as brainwashing…When we create a disaster scenario in our heads…with every repetition that scenario becomes the irrefutable outcome of our efforts.”
I feel that there are too many disaster scenario’s being played out and its bad mojo! If you believe in Magic you gotta believe in Mojo-positive reinforcement is what you should be practicing and there are professional’s such as myself here to help you with that. Real true fans that have experience with this type of situation.
We love you our SF Giants! Really, come on over to our place-we have your pictures, bobble-heads, jersey’s, signed balls, banners, blankets, shoes, jackets, ticket stubs and on and on. We are proud, we bleed orange, together “we are GIANT”
What are you focusing on today? Concentrate on everything good in your life and every possible fantastic scenario for the future. Pay attention to every thought in your head. What you focus on has the power to turn your days sour (like some fans)— or sweet (like sugar or like a SF Giants player)
Remember why you are World Champions. Check out that ring! Not every one has a ring like that! You may even have two, in fact I’ll bet you do. And they were EARNED not just gifted to you for being cute. Perseverance, Heart, love of the game, love of your teammates, support from loved ones, those are the tools that contributed to amazing performance on the field. Not one of you did it alone, it was a team effort. Not one of you alone is responsible for the struggle of today, that too was a team effort.
I am not heartbroken over where we are in the standings. How foolish that would be for a fan who waited 54 long years for that one trophy and now we have two?! I’m not greedy.
What breaks my heart is the idea of any one of you losing what makes you special-your heart, your grit, your ability to believe in yourself and your team. We have clawed and scratched our way against all odds over and over again because we “believed” that we could! Don’t stop believing now. Hey, someone should write a song like that..! 🙂 I don’t want you to be sad or discouraged because I like you and I care for you with unconditional “mamma love”.
Come closer…here is your big HUG. Now, get out there scamps, bring mamma another trophy, I know you will if not this year than the next.
Your greatest comfort right now will probably be blind faith. I know mine is.
Even if things seem entirely hopeless, a willingness to BELIEVE can get you the rough spots. Go along with your life, knowing things will work out the way they’re supposed to, but remember, The DODGERS must be stopped!
Everything is going to be alright. Baseball is your passion as well as your job so do it with a smile and no matter what the outcome, you will be okay. We need some new magic to turn things around. I hope it’s not too late to bring back the joy because I feel very strongly that it is the joy that will create the magic.
Good times are only noticed becausee we have bad times to compare them to. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Blah blah blah positive comment blah blah uplifting thought blah blah, get it?
I am one fan that will be here for the pain as well as the pleasure. Didn’t anybody learn anything from “Chicken Little?” You can’t eat any of the pie if you don’t help with the baking.
Now, let’s go get ’em! Let’s play some Giants Baseball!
And damn it, have fun even if it kills ya! 🙂