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This blog post has been long overdue. Thanks to the hectic-ness of school, midterms and Delta Zeta, I have yet to have the chance to sit down and write this. If you know me, you can probably guess what this post is going to be about. If you don’t know me, well, let me enlighten you: this post is dedicated to none other than the San Francisco Giants.

My last post in regards to Orange October was on the day of Game 3 of the NLDS. We took the game that day to force Game 4 and continued our winning streak to move on to the NLCS. This may have seemed like a miracle for onlookers, but for the real Giants fans, it’s just the typical outcome of the torture ball we all know and love. Now moving on to the NLCS, the Cards took three games from us in the first four games. Again, it seemed like all was lost. I watched every game with exasperation and in annoyance at the ESPN pre-game show as the announcers talked about how my team sucks and that we had no chance of making it to the World Series. Nothing was more gratifying than proving those guys wrong.  Our bullpen took down the Cardinals in Game 7 with a 9-0 shutout to take us to the World Series.

I had watched the first four innings of Game 7 before having to attend our weekly Delta Zeta meetings. As Ritual chairman, it was my job to set up the room for the meeting. It was also my job to set the highest example, which meant no checking of scores on my Sports Center updates. As you can imagine, I was full of anxiety that night. The few of us that are Giants fans bolted up the stairs straight after our meeting to catch the end of the game. We were so overcome with joy that we ran around the house screaming in excitement over our victory, and completely neglected the fact that the new members were having their meeting right downstairs. (For that, I apologize!)

This World Series was a little dry but that didn’t make it any less “sweep.” Heading into the World Series, I was, again, forced to listen to ESPN talk about how the Tigers were going to dominate the Giants and what a “terrible” team we were. All I could think about was, “can we please get KNBR to announce the games?” and was most definitely tempted to mute the TV and put on sports radio, as I did for a few of the NLCS games. In 2010, only 6 out of the 28 ESPN sports analysts predicted a Giants win. This year, only 5 out of the 28 analysts stuck behind us. Jim Caple was the only one who predicted a Giants win in both years. Clearly, he is the only real ESPN expert here (and a believer of the magic!).

The joy and satisfaction of another World Series trophy is unfathomable for some. But for me, it takes the cake all the way to the next season. (Speaking of which, is it 2013 yet? Only 21 more weeks until next season!) You bet I proudly wore my orange and black all around San Diego. I proudly spent way too much on championship merchandise. And I proudly posted a million obnoxious statuses and live tweets. It is an honor to be able to live alongside the magic that is the San Francisco Giants.

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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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