San Francisco Giants Honor Their Shortcoming Against the Team That Caused It

Joe PachecoContributor IJune 11, 2009

As a southern California sports fan, I consider myself behind enemy lines when it comes to viewing games on television. Because I live in Fresno, I am in the northern California viewing region. 

Instead of being able to watch teams I care about on a regular basis such as the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, LA Kings among others, I get the pleasure of being subjected to the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Sharks, A’s and Giants.

Today was one of those days where I was actually happy I came across a Giants game. They were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks and as every team does, they were advertising some of the special events that were coming up on the next homestand. 

It was at this point where I had to stop what I was doing, grab the remote and rewind things back to make sure I heard things correctly. A second listening confirmed what I thought I heard the first time around. I was completely dumbfounded to the point where I just had to chuckle. 

This Saturday the San Francisco Giants are honoring their 1989 National League Pennant-winning team before the game when they take on…wait for it...the Oakland A’s. 

Considering the fact the A’s beat the Giants like a drum en route to sweeping them in that series, am I the only one who finds irony in this? 

I understand this is the 20-year anniversary of a significant team in the history of the San Francisco Giants, but for crying out loud, you don’t do it against the team that dropped a beat down on you and kept things from becoming “1989 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants”.

Somebody please explain to me what the Giants promotional department was thinking?  There are six months in a baseball season which equates to about 24 weekends. You pick the one when you’re playing the A’s. I’d like to think even a monkey would have more sense than to green light that planning. 

Long-time fans will not be able to help being reminded of the “agony of defeat” that occurred that postseason when they look across the diamond and see the green and gold of their east bay rival in the visitors dugout. 

What’s next? Is boxing going to honor the career accomplishments of George Foreman in Zaire where he had the most famous loss of his career against Muhammad Ali? It makes the exact same sense as what the Giants are doing this weekend.