This subject is still a little raw. Apologies if it catches you at the wrong time, but, well, it's not my fault. The Angels are coming to town, you see. If you will recall, the Angels have won five of their last six games against the Giants, with the only win coming when Matt Cain threw 112 metaphors against Jerome Williams in 2012. More than that, the Angels have won seven out of the last eight games against the Giants if you include the postseason.
You know. If you include that postseason.
Since then, though, do know what's happened? The Angels have had a postseason ruined by A.J. Pierzynski-related bullshit, and the Giants have won three World Series. The Giants have won three World Series since the Angels won their last postseason game, even. No team has won a postseason game more recently than the Giants. No team has won a postseason series more recently than the Giants. No team has won two postseason series, or six postseason series, or nine postseason ... well, you get the point. The last few years has brought unfettered happiness. The Angels' happiness has been fettered, mostly. You aren't still worrying about that silly old Game 6, are you?
We'll open it to the floor. Here's the one-to-10 scale of bitterness. See where you rate.
1 - Don't caaaaaare
Excuse me, is you sayin' something? I remember Cody Ross's hopping like it was yesterday, so you'd better believe the last one is fresh in my mind. No reason to dwell on 12 seasons ago.
2 - Don't caaaare ... much
Yeah, it would have been cool to win that one -- four in 13, suckers! -- but the last five years have more than made up for it.
3 - I think about it when the Giants play the Angels, sure
But only then, really. I enjoy Mike Trout for being Mike Trout, not for not being Troy Glaus.
4 - When I see an Angels box score, I think about it every other time
That's it, though. Just every other time. Maybe three out of every five times, which makes me feel better by definition.
5 - Still bugs me, but I'm mostly over it
I mean, when they were up 5-0, I was so sure ... welp, at least we have the last five years. Most teams don't have that.
6 - Okay, I'll admit it, I still think about it often
Game 6 was the most painful loss in San Francisco Giants history after Game 7 in 1962. How can it not still sting? If the past doesn't mean anything, then how can the last three championships mean anything?
7 - I'm distraught about it for Barry, more than anything
So I'm still really upset, yeah. This series will be annoying.
8 - Game 6 was the worst baseball experience of my life
It's made better because of recent history, of course, but the scars of that game have interfered with my enjoyment of baseball for more than a decade. I keep fearing that the Giants will blow it, and any optimism is akin to giving Russ the game ball, so I engage in nothing but pessimism.
9 - THROW ANOTHER PITCH, FELIX
WHY DO YOU HAVE ONLY A FASTBALL? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? COULDN'T YOU HAVE TURNED ONE OF THE FASTBALLS INTO A TWO-SEAMER OR SOMETHING?
THAT SERIES WAS THE WORST AND SO ARE THE ANGELS. PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND YOU.
10 - Shawon Dunston should be fired as a coach
Only because I can't look at him and start sobbing.
I'll start. I'm at a four. Every so often, I'm wistful. It usually has to do with Barry Bonds, but it's usually prompted by some mention of the Angels or 2002. It doesn't come unbidden out of the blue, like the memories of the neighborhood kids sitting around a box of my baseball cards and pretending to help sort them but actually stealing all of 1984 Don Mattinglys they were supposed to be looking for, which wake me up only once a month now.
Really, I think I was at a four after 2010. I honestly never thought the Giants were going to win one in my lifetime. I knew the simple odds were against that, but I just figured that if they missed out with Mays and Marichal and Clark(s) and Bonds(es) in the San Francisco Era, they weren't going to get one. So after Nelson Cruz struck out, several of those demons were stuffed in a toaster oven and never came back out.
A series like this, though, might push me toward a six. Though I'm still distraught for Barry. And Game 6 really was the worst baseball experience of my life. Felix Rodriguez sure could have learned a forkball or shuuto or something in the offseason. And, yeah, I kind of think about Game 6 every time I see Shawon Dunston. So maybe I'm not healed.
The Angels aren't all bad associations, though. Every so often, they get this stuck in my head.
I'm okay with that.