As a life-long Dodger fan which, of course, makes me a life-long Giants hater, I find the excessive media hype about the Giants re-signing Angel Pagan, Marcos Scutaro and Jeremy Affeldt quite humorous. The bottom line is, who cares?
I understand and (unfortunately) painfully accept that when you win the World Series, you are the kings of the baseball world and entitled to pound on your chest about how great you were, but here again, who cares? That’s in the past; it’s old news; ancient history; and quite frankly, nobody gives a damn about it except the Giants and their obnoxious fans. Get over yourselves, for crying out loud.
If the Giants honestly believe that re-signing free agent Angel Pagan to a 4-year/$40 million contract, Marcos Scutaro to a 3-year/$20 million contract, and Jeremy Affeldt to a 3-year/$18 million contract guarantees them to a return trip to the World Series, they are sadly mistaken. I mean really now, Scutaro is 37 years old and Affeldt 33 years old.
When you consider that the Dodgers fell two games short of making it to the post season and that the National League’s second Wild Card team came within one game of making it to their second consecutive World Series, the Giants were just plain lucky to even be in the Fall Classic. Now this certainly does not mean that they didn’t make two absolutely incredible comebacks in both the NLDS and the NLCS, Lord knows they did; but let’s be honest here, they were anything but a dominant team in 2012 – they simply peaked at the best possible time while the Reds and Cardinals folded at the worst possible time, it’s as simple as that.
It’s kind of interesting that the Giants media and their fans spend a great deal of time writing (and worrying) about the moves that the new Dodgers ownership group is making, yet you rarely (if ever) see the Dodgers beat writers (or Dodger fans) write (or talk) about the moves that the Giants make – including re-signing Pagan, Scutaro and Affeldt. Why? Because nobody cares.
I have little doubt that the Giants are going to be far more concerned about Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzales, Carl Crawford and the rest of the 2013 Dodgers than the Dodgers are going to be concerned about the team that finished dead last in all of baseball in home runs last season.
So the Giants are bringing back most of their 2012 team… Who cares?