The following is a collection of emails that Dave and I have exchanged over his comment that the Giants have not won a pennant with Bonds.It is a little long so forgive me.
Mr. Del Grande
I just wanted to know if you actually do any research before you write your columns. I mean saying something like " over the past 14 seasons, San Francisco's pennant-less ballclub..." would be a great insight if it were true. Unfortunately for you and your case, the Giants actually won the NL Pennant in 2002. You can see how saying something like this might make Giants fans and fans of journalism a bit peeved. I would suggest in the future that you take pride in you job and realize that you are a reflection of the journalistic community. Many journalists came before you and many will come after and it is important to them that you respect your craft.
This is Dave Del Grande. There is no pride in a National League pennant. It has been the inferior league for most of Bonds' 14 years. It would be like me saying Castro Valley High hasn't won a basketball pennant in 14 years and you claiming I was wrong because it won a JV title four years ago. Thank you for "editing" my column. I look forward to reading your stuff someday. What I've read so far isn't so hot.
Wow! Your professionalism astounds me. Regardless of whether you think the NL is inferior or not, it still has a pennant and that pennant is legitimate. I did not write you to get into an argument about the legitimacy of the NL pennant. I merely wrote you to tell you that you are in fact wrong when you contend that the Giants have not won a pennant under Bonds' tenure. I continue to use the word pennant because that is what we baseball fans call that little flag that you get when you are the representative of your league in the World Series. I am not sure how you can defend a statement that is so obviously wrong and equally idiotic. The Giants went to the World Series in 2002 and thus won the 2002 NL pennant. That is not analogous to a JV championship and you know that. Was the Cardinals' NL pennant this year the same as Castro Valley High's JV championship? I hope as a sports columnist you can see the difference. Davey, think about it. In the time it took you to reply to my email you could have been looking all this stuff up and then you wouldn't have looked like such an ass.
My point simply was: With the greatest player of all-time manning left field on a daily basis, the Giants have failed to win a championship the last 14 years. If Giants fans want to take pride in having made it to ONE World Series in that stretch, well, you have to rest your hat on something. You're right. Technically, "pennant" was not the correct word. "Championship" would have been better. But then I'm guessing nit-picking Giants fans would claim they've won several (N.L. West) "championships" in the last 14 years.
Anyway, good luck this season.