Thursday, November 4, 2010


During a brief summer between childhood and puberty, many many years ago, I thought to myself, "Someday I will have sex and the San Francisco Giants will win the World Series."

Many summers and falls have gone by and many baseball teams have gone to win the championship, but until last Monday the Giants had not won since 1952. I had heartbreaks in 1971, 1987, 1989, and worst in 2002 when we were 5 outs away and lost it all over the next two games.

When I was small I lived in Cuba and Cubans back then, before Castro, loved the New York Yankees. You can see many references to it in Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea where the fisherman thinks much about Joe DiMaggio.

It is easy to be a Yankee fan.

Go Giants, a team with great pitching and no super star profesionals who made it a real team effort.

1 comment:

Mick said...

I recall similar memories except that the sport was football. In our house, one was a Cleveland Browns fan (because Jim Brown went to SU). From time to time we'd get to see the Browns play the 49'ers and in 1961 an aging, bald QB named Y.A. Tittle was on his way out, traded to the New York "Football" Giants. Dem Gi'nts had 3 winning seasons with Tittle and when they played the Browns in the 1962 season opener my pop could see I was rooting for NY. "What's this?", he growled and grabbed me up by my shirt, face-to-face, "why are you rooting for the Giants?" I replied, "Because Tittle is a really good quarterback and I like him." Pop let me down gently, turned me back to the TV and the game and said, "Okay then."