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It’s October. Which only means one thing: major league baseball playoffs. You probably expected me to say Halloween, but nope, not for this girl. The only thing I look forward to (aside from my little sister’s birthday which happens to fall on Halloween) is baseball. Now baseball is absolutely my favorite sport. And why not? After all, it is America’s favorite pastime. The smell of garlic fries and ballpark hot dogs, the entertaining drunken fans and the sound of ‘crack!’ when a player hits the ball out of the park. There is absolutely nothing like it. Of course, I rep my hometown: the San Francisco Giants. Before you go and call me a bandwagoner, let me tell you a little something. I have been rocking orange and black (mostly black with a hint of orange, it’s not really my color) since I was seven years old (which you would know if you have read my other blog “Caught in the Middle”). I have backed up my team throughout our off years and shed tears of joy when we clinched the World Series in 2010. As a 12 year season ticket holder, there is nothing I wish more than to be back home right now for Orange October.

As I write this, it is now Game 3 of the playoffs, and to my heart’s discontent the Giants are on the road 0-2 against the Reds. Just two months ago, I was sitting in the ballpark at every game, anticipating every win in order to clinch the division Wild Card. Then suddenly, the Giants Magic returned and we easily clinched the National League West from the Dodgers. For the last two months, we have been averaging 5 runs per game (4.97 to be exact according to MLB) and have been on top of our game, despite the Melky scandal. (To add my personal opinion on that issue, I don’t condone what Melky did but let’s be real here. He wasn’t the ballplayer enhancing his performance, he was just dumb enough to get caught and therefore deserved to be suspended. In addition, the way he handled the issue after everything blew up in his face was inexcusable.) We were feeling pretty confident heading into the series and then this happened: the Reds bulked up their offense game and positioned their players so perfectly that not even Buster Posey could save us.

What happened to our offense? Why is our bullpen so worn out? We had the home field advantage and should have done far better than we did. Though I am thoroughly disappointed in our performance, I still have some faith in us. The way I look at it, there are still 27 innings which means 27 chances for us to still advance in the playoffs. As a true Giants, I still believe in us. Win or lose, I’m proud of us for overcoming some rough seasons and making it this far.

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