So...does anyone else think it would be dicksneeze move if the management decided they would just go and take down everything that could possibly remind us of Barry now that he's gone? I hope so, because that's what they did. Everything; the 756 banners, the Road to History left field padding, the rubber-chicken wire, the homerun counter. And of course, to top it off, they put in a fruity little plaque where Bonds hit his last homer with us. This is Peter Magowan being "respectful." Seriously. Come on.
We're talking about the man that has been the base of our team for the last 15 years. He did a number of amazing things for SF. He helped to keep the team here when management was considering moving us to freakin Florida, of all places. Attendance was so bad they thought they'd do better in Florida. He helped build what I like to think is the nicest stadium in all of baseball. Fuck Wrigley. He won 5 MVP awards. He took us to several post season trips. He got us to the World Series one of those times. He broke the all-time homerun record with us, and kept himself out of the lineup several times so he could do it infront of us. He put tens of millions of asses in seats for the past decade and a half. He put millions of asses in seats last year alone, even in cities other than SF. He was, and if he gets signed by another team will still be, one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He ranks with, and even above, some of the all-time legends of this organization; Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Hubbel, Ott, Mathewson, etc.
Thank you, Barry. You've accomplished so much and helped us in too many ways to count. We can never hope to repay you for the things you've done for this city. Now go fuck yourself. You're not playing for us now. Apparently this is what Magowan thinks us fans would like to hear from the management. Now that Barry's gone, the organization is trying to jump back on the "clean baseball" side. They want to side with all the other teams that hate him because he's the posterchild of the Steroid Era. Even if they were standing up for him all these years.
I think it's bullshit that they're doing this. All those fans, me included, didn't stand up through every Bonds at-bat just because he was on the Giants. They did it because they loved him as a player and appreciated what he did for the team. We already do remember him as one of the Giants' greats and include him with the likes of Mays and McCovey. It makes no sense that they'd just take everything down and pretend he was never here. It's even more snide that you'd pretend to not be an asshole by tossing in a retarted little plaque that nobody can see that kind of mentions in passing that he was here at one point. If anything they should already be unveiling a bronze statue of him outside the stadium, maybe on the other side of the park from the Mays statue. I think Mister Magowan needs a lesson in learning to be thankful. So, anyone else pissed about this?
note: I know there was a diary already posted about this from Only Baseball Matters, but I wrote this like 9 hours ago when it wasn't up yet. But I turned off my popup blocker and pressed preview and it erased what I wrote. And then I rewrote it again a couple hours ago, and my computer saw it fit to turn itself off.