Our local newspaper often features letters to the editor arguing for various constitutional amendments. Guys want an amendment to term limit Congress, they want a balanced budget amendment, they want to get rid of the electoral college. As an intellectual exercise, thinking about amendments is probably kind of fun. But the real question isn't whether the constitution should be amended, if's whether there's any chance at all that it will be. And the answer to that is, no, there's not a chance.
I thought about this while reading the new Baseball Prospectus book, which one of my kids got me for a birthday present. Their article about the Giants is essentially one long argument for why Brian Sabean should be fired. I don't necessarily disagree. But it's like the amendment people--you might think Sabes should be fired, but the fact is, he's not going to be, at least anytime soon.
Things can change, of course. It's possible that a huge grassroots movement could sweep enough incumbents out of office to get a balanced budget amendment passed. But for that to happen, the economy would have to really tank between now and November, and nobody wants that. For Sabes to get fired, we would have to have, at least, a 100 loss season. But none of us wants that to happen.
Since we're stuck with Sabes, we can at least hope for a better, savvier Sabes. What we want from him is to stop overpaying mediocre veterans, and promote and play the best young prospects in our system.
Which means the future of the Giants may depend on John Bowker's next 150 at bats. If he goes, say, .230/.290/.410, it will just confirm everything Sabes already thinks about MLE's. But if he can give us, say, league average production, and not suck completely on defense, well, that's better than we got from Randy Winn. And it may open the door for Buster, and Thomas Neal, and, fingers crossed, maybe Brandon Crawford.
Meanwhile, I'd favor a constitutional amendment allowing me to fire paint balls at shitty drivers. That one might even have a chance.