Welcome to the new McCovey Chronicles! I’m the managing editor, Bryan Murphy. You might remember me from such articles as Should the Giants Even Try to Win the Wild Card Game? and Of Course the Giants Aren’t Getting Giancarlo Stanton. You’ll find that nothing has changed from the old McCovey Chronicles, except for its managing editor, who is no longer Grant Brisbee. Oh, Grant will be around, but he won’t be cultivating the content crop anymore. That’ll be my job. But still. About Grant Brisbee…
That name carries a lot of weight. He leaves big shoes to fill. Good luck following that guy. I could write a 50 Amazing Things About Grant Brisbee’s Writing, but for one thing, a list of 50 would be too short and for a second thing, that sort of article has been written on this site before and done so well by Grant Brisbee that to try to replicate it exactly makes no sense at all. And yet, he’s established a style guide of sorts around here, and through that style he’s helped build the strongest online community for San Francisco Giants fans the world has ever seen (do not fact check this). I won’t be reinventing the place. Doing that would ruin everything I love about the site.
Not only do I love McCovey Chronicles, I love the Giants. I know that might not make sense to some of you, given the articles cited above, but it’s true! After 30+ years of sports fandom, the only team that matters to me still are these ragtag Giants: The Team That Could Only Hit Singles. What I’m driving at here is that it won’t be any fun if every article is written from a contrarian point of view or with a negativity that almost feels punitive. The Giants could win 98 games this year or lose another 98, the point is to have fun while obsessing over our baseball hobby. My “character” of Bryan Murphy will necessarily need to “die”. Think of it like when “Stephen Colbert” left Comedy Central to start The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS. Except, you know, I’m not Stephen Colbert.
Besides, I won’t be writing every article. New writers will be joining the site in the coming weeks. You’ll start to notice an increase in the number of posts, too, and soon after that, different types of content. What do I mean by that? Video is coming. I also want to hear from you about anything you’d like to see or changes you’d like me to consider. You can comment here or email me (BryanMurphySBN@gmail.com).
It’s the Giants’ 60th year in San Francisco. Barry Bonds’ jersey will be retired in August. Andrew McCutchen is on the team. And we get to experience it together, just like we always do.