Last night, while going through my nightly Twitter feed at what was probably closer to 2 AM, I saw this tweet:
This is the MOST San Francisco Giants record ever. Not only are they close to breaking the record, the record they are close to breaking is their own record. And that record is a record nobody cares about…for the record. That’s like the weird kid nearing his own personal best of how many times he read Stephen King’s “The Shining” in one night, and then expecting people to think it’s cool. The book is creepy, reading it more than once ever is creepy, and hitting 17 solo home runs in a row is creepy. Get a guy on base, show consecutive power. It’s an uncomfortable stat from the weirdest team in baseball.
The Giants have been that weird kid for a while now, though. Everything they do is just slightly unorthodox and differs from the norm.
The most common point of interest is the “Even Year” stat. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and then again in 2014. And they came pretty far from the playoffs in 2011, 2013, and 2015. It was like an on and off switch for them. When they felt like winning, they did, and when they got bored of baseball, they just stopped. It just doesn’t make logical sense how a team could be great, bad, great, horrible, great again, then bad again. Again, just weird.
They have also had a great deal of characters on the team during these eras. And they all just have that discomforting look in their eyes…
And of course, how can you forget about “Full Clubhouse”
I’ll admit, this makes me crack up every time. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. The weird kid got one right, but in and of itself, the joke was still weird nonetheless.
In a way, there’s an interesting allure about the weird kid. You like to keep your head on a swivel around him, and maybe, just maybe, he’ll do something that peaks your interest. I am far from a San Francisco Giants fan, but I always keep an eye out for them, just to see what they’re up to. Break that record San Fran, it’s what you do best.