One of my favorite SF Chronicle stories appeared in September 1982, featuring a b/w photo of Jeff Leonard coming off the team plane, in street clothes, and pausing at the top of the SFO tarmac steps to look down at the crowd who’d gathered to welcome the Giants home from a very successful road trip. Leonard thrust his fist in the air–that’s where the photo found him–and shouted: “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” In fact, the Giants had just swept three of three from the bums in L.A. According to the article, as I recall it, the delighted fans chanted along with the HacMan.
Well we’re not in the middle of a September division race now. I remember at about this point back in 2012 the Giants and the bums actually traded in-your-face sweeps. We know how that season developed. So these four games in L.A. aren’t make or break. The Giants still have some moving parts to re-balance a bit before they’re a smooth running machine. (Meanwhile, the bums have one of the most unbalanced entertainers in baseball in their lineup; but more about him some other time.)
Still a series win would be pleasant, wouldn’t it? btw, do people still gather at the airport to welcome the team home? How? Another era.
For now, we are settling into our approach to LAX. Fasten your seat belts, put your teeth-whitening strips in position until we land, and please completely touch up the grey lines in your dye jobs before exiting the plane. Welcome to Los Angeles.