The Giants have won two of the last three World Series. One would assume that means they are the model franchise in Major League Baseball, the dominant franchise.
Yet those who follow baseball closely would say that couldn’t be further from the case. The Giants have a big, obvious flaw — namely, an offense that often fails to produce for weeks at a time. They rode their great starting pitching, deep bullpen and timely hitting to a pair of world titles since 2010.
I wasn’t around in the mid-1960s, but I bet baseball fans thought about the Dodgers then the same way fans think of the Giants now.
The Dodgers won the 1963 World Series and the 1965 World Series, and they lost in the 1966 Series. Dominant team, right? Not really — those Dodger teams struggled offensively, too, but rode the electrifying arms of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale to championships.
I read yesterday that the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson “was the meanest pitcher of his era” due to his willingness to routinely throw at batters.
Something about that statement didn’t seem right, so I dug out my baseball record books. Sure enough, the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale blew Gibson out of the water in terms of meanness. Drysdale had 152 hit-batsmen in 3,400 innings. Gibson had 100 hit-batsmen in 3,800 innings.
“Big D” set the standard for toughness on the mound. A heck of a nice guy off the field, though, with a Hollywood smile.
The worst thing about San Francisco’s championship is that it pushes the Dodgers to third place in the mythical “all-time best National League teams.”
For most of my life, I took great pride in the Dodgers being the best National League team of all time. Twenty-two NL championships, 18 World Series appearances, six World Series championships.
In recent years, though, St. Louis has caught and surpassed us. The Cardinals also have 22 NL pennants now, just like my Dodgers. And St. Louis has 11 World Series titles, including two in the last six years or so.
This year, the Giants won their 22nd NL championship — so there’s a three-way tie at the top. And, sadly, the Giants won their seventh World Series title — one more than my beloved Bums.
Moral of the story: My Dodgers need to get rolling and win a few World Series in the next decade or so. 🙂
My Dad always kinda liked the Detroit Tigers, so for that reason alone I was rooting for the Tigers to take the World Series. Not to mention I hated to see the Giants win.
Dad was a fan of Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser and Al Kaline, among others. The Tigers have been a pretty likable franchise over the decades, when you think about it. Aside from Ty Cobb, of course.