Now are you starting to miss those Fresno Grizzlies as we’ve always known them?
You heard last month how the San Francisco Giants were breaking up with Fresno — “It’s not us,” the Giants said “It’s you.” They’re moving to Sacramento, and taking the Triple-A kids with them, and leaving us with nothing more than the mortgage and a nuclear-green mascot.
What did we do? Shrugged, and picked up a bunch of Houston Astros minor leaguers on the rebound. Because, wow, we’re dating who?
Before you beg the Giants to come back, it’s time to own some truth: even the most have-no-life Giants fans among us took this Triple-A relationship for granted. The only time we sweated out a 100-degree first pitch at (Defunct Casino) Park was when work gave away tickets, a relative sang the national anthem, or a big-name star made a rehab appearance.
It isn’t our fault the Giants decided to start seeing other minor-league cities. But, we didn’t exactly start writing angry letters at Grizzlies management or load up on protest signs and get all civilly disobedient on the corner of Tulare and H.
The Giants are gone, and you have no idea what we’re going to be missing.
But, if you’ve got to know, check out the Giants who are going to the World Series this week. Maybe now we’ll know what we’ve no longer got now they’re gone.
Like that Buster Posey kid? The one who’d already be in the Hall of Fame if he had the fortune of wearing pinstripes and playing for a team based east of Albany? Former Grizzlies catcher, back in the summers of 2009-10.
How about that ace Madison Bumgarner? The pitcher who’s no Clayton Kershaw, the difference being Kershaw wins Cy Young awards in the regular season while Bumgarner wins games and rings in the postseason? Fresno Grizzlies, Class of 2010.
You digging on Ryan Vogelsong? The 37-year-old who just made major league history to allow one or fewer runs in his first five postseason starts? He’s so old, he was a Fresno Grizzlies pitcher back when they were still playing at Beiden Field.
Former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum came through Fresno. Same goes for starting first baseman Brandon Belt and starting shortstop Brandon Crawford.
All-Star third baseman Pando Sandoval brought his Panda act through town for a few days. Same for reliever Sergio Romo.
That was way back then and this is now? Fine. Let’s confine our swing and will-be-missed to this season.
Did you see Travis Ishikawa go all Bobby Thompson on that ninth-inning fastball Thursday night? Did you like his three-run home run that won the Giants the pennant? Not that anyone around here noticed, but he kinda played for the Grizzlies this year. He hit 11 home runs in 71 games. Now he’s a Giants immortal.
Remember that wild Game 3 win against the Cardinals? Where Juan Perez galactically failed to put down two straight bunts, which is what .170 hitters do best? His base hit set up the play where the Giants won on a throwing error. Did we mention he hit .316 over 48 games for the Grizzlies this season?
How about rookie second baseman Joe Panik? He of two-run home run fame in Game 5 against the Cardinals, and a .379 batting in average in August to make October’s run possible? If you haven’t figured out he played for the Grizzlies this year, then it’s no wonder the Giants took their ball and moved to Sacramento.
Homegrown Giants, one and all. Only, they won’t be growing in our home anymore.
What do we get? The Houston Astros. And the comforting knowledge that Sacramento is only a three-hours’ drive away.