Who Cares?

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.

Let’s be realistic here; who do you think the rest of the league is going to be more concerned about – these guys or Pagan, Scutaro, Sandoval and Posey?

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?

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8 Responses to “Who Cares?”

  1. Ron Cervenka says:

    Hey Evan (Bladh) – how concerned are Giants fans and the S.F. media about the Dodgers now?

    • Evan Bladh says:

      Comments from Grant Brisbee, (who BTW, is a very good writer even if he is a Giant fan) at McCovey Chronicles: “If there had to be a new financial bully in baseball, I’m almost glad it’s the Dodgers. The odds are they won’t win the World Series every year, and when they don’t, it will be glorious. The Yankees winning in 2009 was annoying, but think of all the years we’ve had the opportunity to laugh at them when they failed. That’s like a special gift.”

      He also says: “The Dodgers aren’t spending all the money because one of the owners is still trying to impress Ann Grementhel from home room. They’re actively spending more than anyone else in baseball because that’s what they want to be known for. They want to be the bully. They want to fill the void left by the cost-conscious Yankees in a town without a football team.”

      “This is how they’re going about it. The best free agent on the market? For the next few years, whoever that is will be absorbed and assimilated into the moneyblob. And every other team will expect it and fear it. If you were looking for motivation for the upcoming season, here you go. The Dodgers are fancypantses. All of them. And it would be delicious if they finished in fourth place next season.”

      “You don’t want to minimize what they’ve done, though. They’re not likely to finish in fourth, for example. Since the start of last year, the Dodgers have replaced James Loney and Aaron Harang with Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke…”

  2. OldBrooklynFan says:

    I wish I could feel the same way you do 53, but I do feel a lot better about the Dodgers chances of overcoming the the Giants. I think it’s going to be quite a race to the finish with the Giants and the Cards and I think of these three teams the Dodgers are the most improved.
    Gone are the days when ownership will come up with all kinds of excuses why they can’t afford the best players that are available. I’m sure happy days are ahead.

  3. Truebluewill says:

    We can’t worry about what the Giants or any other team does, all we need to be concerned with is what the Dodgers do to improve themselves. With the Greinke signing and the other moves the Dodgers have made they are certainly an improved team. It going to be a very interesting 2013 season. I can’t wait for it to begin.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      “We can’t worry about what the Giants or any other team does…”

      This is the point of the article exactly, Will. The Dodgers aren’t concerned about the Giants or any other team but the Giants media and Giants fans are extremely concerned about the Dodgers; so much so that their child-like true character is coming out BIG time – just read the (very) few examples that Evan posted above.

      Giants fans definitely march to the beat of a different drummer (not to mention that the murder each other during the victory celebrations).

      Of course the moves made by the Dodgers won’t guarantee a World Series title and of course they still have to play, but the new Dodgers ownership has significantly improved their chances, wouldn’t you say?

      By the way, here are five things that I like about the Giants and their obnoxious fans:
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  4. KSparkuhl says:

    The only thing truly obnoxious about the Giants winning the World Series, for the second time in three years, is having to endure the pounding chests of their fans. I must say though, Dodger fans have had it coming for years. We all know, NOW, where the Giants keep their World Series trophys.

    It’s a sad reality. Let them enjoy their miniscule moment in the sunshine as World Series Champions. It will become their blip on the radar screen of success.

  5. ebbetsfld says:

    Great to hear from you, Kevin!

  6. CRANBROOK MIKE says:

    Hey Kevin good to hear from you!

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