You have opinions on what happened in Game 3 of the World Series. I have opinions. Here's what happened:
Here are my opinions. Any other call would have been a travesty. The human element nailed it. USA! USA! USA!
But my job here isn't to make you think about teams you don't care about. It's to make you think about the Giants. And when I watch this play over and over, I have Giants-related thoughts.
For example, did you know the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine World Series games? Seems odd, but it's true. They're 11-5 in their last 16, and over .500 in their last 20! But focus on those last nine games. The Giants sailed through two World Series without the kind of drama we're all used to.
It's disingenuous to suggest there wasn't any drama at all. They were mostly good games, actually. When the Giants hosted the Rangers in 2010, the first game was a barrel of coked-up monkeys. The second game was a taut game until Derek Holland melted. Then they went to Texas and lost a game, but then won a low-scoring game behind an embryo of a pitcher. They clinched with a ridiculously well-timed homer and a pitcher's duel
All of that was drama. Same goes with Detroit in Game 2 (with Fielder thrown out at home and the overall dearth of scoring). Game 3 was a tough one, and Game 4 was an extra-innings win. So out of the last nine World Series games, exactly two were completely out of reach early. Both of them were Game 1s.
There weren't any Game 6s or Game 7s, though. There wasn't a Mazeroski moment, or an indelible Joe Carter highlight that would be played before every highlights show for the next 40 years. Even when Edgar Renteria hit the homer, there wasn't that feeling of we just got saved from impending doooooom. There would have been a Game 6 and or 7 in San Francisco if the Giants didn't win Game 5 in 2010. When Theriot scored in extra innings last year, he was helping the Giants sweep, but if they lost, there still would have been Games 5, 6, and 7. The individual moments were tense and exciting, but they lacked a certain pivotal context.
There wasn't even anything like Game 3 on Saturday night, a walk-off with a touch of controversy.
So here's the question: Would you give back the guarantee of 2012 for a 50/50 shot at a Kirk Gibson moment (or Joe Carter, or Bill Mazeroski, or ...)? An iconic moment that wouldn't just define the Giants' playoff run in 2012, but the World Series for every team for th next few decades?
I wouldn't. But then again, I'm a chicken. I'm the kind of guy who would leave Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with $25,000. The 2012 run was super neat as is, and I wouldn't want to mess with it.
But I am a touch jealous when I watch the Cardinals win a game like that at home. Rich people problems, I guess. There's a poll!