Most Nats fans probably don’t have a reason to feel one way or the other about the San Francisco Giants. Maybe this photo could help.
Yes, that’s right, here are the Giants celebrating the Nats’ collapse in Game 5 of the NL Division Series last fall. Amy Gutierrez, the sideline reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, gave some more context for this image before Monday night’s broadcast.
“It wasn’t that long ago that your San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the NLCS,” she said, as accompanying video showed highlights of the Nats meltdown. “Immediately following, they sat on an airplane, on the tarmac, awaiting their next destination. Would they head to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals or would they open up at home against the Cardinals?
“Now, the Nats looked like they had the game in the bag, took a 7-5 lead into the ninth inning. But the Cardinals staged a two-out four-run rally to win the division series, and your San Francisco Giants got home-field advantage. I spoke with several of the players today about that moment on the airplane, and I have to say, Brandon Belt put it best. He said it was the first time in a long time that any of them got to sit down and watch the game they love as an actual fan. The pressure was off, they had already advanced, and they got home-field advantage just like they wanted.”
That’s all well and good. And of course it would make sense for them to root for their own best interests. Any team would do the same. But just look at the joy on the Giants’ faces, joy that accompanied your own misery. Maybe that will be motivation enough for you to stay up past your bedtime on Tuesday night. Because, I’ll be honest, Henry Rodriguez in long relief wasn’t enough motivation for me on Monday.