Giants fan has a record of losing
May 19, 2003
Nasty e-mails are bound to be filling my mailbox soon — and I’m not talking about the Viagra and porn spam that are already there.
The new ones will be from friends.
There is a groundswell of support to ban me from Pac Bell Park. I saw the Giants lose — again. I’ve been to three games this season and they’ve lost all three. But I’m not convinced it’s my fault.
Superstitions are nothing new to sports. There have been stories about ball players wearing the same socks when they are on a hitting streak, eating certain foods, even foregoing showering when they’re in a groove.
It’s not just the pros who buy into this.
At last week’s softball game between the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Meek’s the lumber company’s pitcher had a ritual when he was at bat. He would place his palms in the dirt, deliberately step around the bat he had so carefully placed on the ground, then pick it up and proceed to whack the heck out of the leather. Obviously he knew what he was doing because they beat us 14-7.
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Now I wonder if I’ve jinxed our team.
I was nervous before driving to San Francisco Saturday morning; wondering if three strikes you’re out applied to fans. I may know that answer in a few weeks.
I deliberately wore different socks and tennis shoes to the game. I only have two Giants shirts, so I did duplicate that from a previous game. I’m not sure which jeans I’ve worn to which game. I even gave up garlic fries for the afternoon. I sat in different seats each game. Nothing I was doing was having a positive effect.
There are three things that have been constant that will have to be changed before I drive the three hours for the June 7 game I have tickets for. This is assuming there is not a wanted poster outside the park and that no one flattens my tires to prevent me from making the trip.
First, no one I’ve gone with had been to Pac Bell Park, let alone any Giants game. Second, all were women. Third, Damian Moss was the starting pitcher.
There will be no more rookies occupying the seat next to me — at least not until I see the men in orange and black win.
I am thinking I’ll probably go with another girlfriend, but at least she is a die-hard fan. Being in two season ticket groups proves that fact.
It’s too soon to tell if the former Atlanta Brave will be pitching in two weeks. I want to blame the losses on him and take all responsibility off me and my friends.
The second-year pitcher officially got the loss two days ago, having recorded no decisions in my first two outings. Despite showing up when he pitches, he has a 5-2 record. The 26-year-old is poised to surpass the 12-6 mark he had last season.
It was just my luck Pac Bell set a record Saturday for paid attendance. The big “L” I saw on my forehead while in the bathroom must have been invisible to the 42,000 plus fans.
I think the left-handed hurler who hails from Australia should be in the dugout the next time I head off the hill. I have my portion of season tickets in hand and a smattering of other ones that I don’t want to give up.
The Giants need to realize Moss and I are not a good mix. Surely manager Felipe Alou can see the rationale in benching Moss whenever I’m in town. I’ll do whatever it takes for this to happen.
After all, the last thing I want to do is look in the mirror to find the answer to the losing streak.
Kathryn Reed is managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She may be reached at email@example.com or (530) 541-3880, ext. 251.
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