I've always kind of liked the San Francisco Giants.
This was (duct) taped to the wall (sorry, Dad) in my bedroom growing up, and I once got a league champions t-shirt that was an adult large for winning Eastern Little League with the Giants when I was a four foot nothing 11 year old. I still break that out on special occasions, too. Most of it, at least.
I was especially a fan of the Dusty Baker years in San Francisco. Much of what I've learned about the game of baseball came as direct result of watching Dusty manage, as you didn't have to go more than an inning or two without asking aloud "why the hell did he do that?" Then I'd hop on webcrawler and find things saying he was wrong all the time until someone would pick up the phone and disconnect me.
The Giants have also been the one real constant over the last handful of years that has kept the St. Louis Cardinals off the top step at trophy presentations, and that's a damn admirable quality to have.
So yeah, there's a little affinity there. But I don't like the Giants more than the Cincinnati Reds.
Mat Latos hates San Francisco and I like Mat Latos, for one. Barry Larkin has a World Series ring and Barry Bonds does not, so the Reds Tebow'd the '85 draft despite what anyone else says. I'm not avid endorser of the Pittsburgh Pirates, either, so that previous sentence sort of makes sense in this godawful preview. I was in a bar in San Francisco surrounded by Giants fans when Angel Pagan got an ill-fated late timeout granted while leading off in Johnny Cueto's 8 pitch start in the 2012 NLCS.
Those guys have a pair of World Series banners hanging that just so happen to coincide with the best Reds seasons of my adult life.
So there's ample boo-ability to keep me uninterested in the Giants success while the Reds look to take the upcoming four game series in San Francisco. They may be my number two team, but sometimes a number two needs a good flush.
The Reds are fresh off their 4th consecutive series victory, and their win in Wrigley last night means the Reds are back over the .500 mark on the season. The last time the Reds faced the Giants in AT&T Park, Cincinnati took 3 of 4 and outscored them 31-11. Let's hope for that.
For some insight into the Giants, I sent Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles a Pulitzer-worthy barrage of questions, and he was polite enough to send them back to me on quite short notice. Thanks for that, Grant.