The Giants were the darlings of the baseball world last year, that didn't last too long.
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the first time in their San Francisco history in 2010 and were a great story throughout the baseball world. Winning the championship doesn't come without a price however and one of those prices is the jealousy that manifests itself even from professional baseball players, coaches and managers themselves.
To some, the "Band of Misfits and Castoffs" is funny and cute but then it becomes too much. The way that people react when jealousy sets in, especially when they were a member of one of the teams that was beat by the eventual champs, can range from humorous to childish to downright nasty. Here are the Top 5 examples of lingering jealousy of the San Francisco Giants World Championship, to date.
Mat Latos has turned in a 2011 season that is fitting of his San Diego team.
Throughout 2010 the Giants and Mat Latos battled against each other. For three quarters of the 2010 season, Latos was a Cy Young contender. He was hard for any team to beat, especially the somewhat offensively challenged Giants.
In August of 2010 Latos proclaimed that the Padres were the better team because the Giants had relied on piecing together their team, start to finish. Latos believed that the Giants weren't really a team, but were instead mercenaries and for some reason he believed that made them inferior to San Diego.
The Latos saga turned bizarre at one point during the season when he decided to throw a baseball over the left field bleachers at AT&T Park during batting practice. Perhaps he did it to show off or to upset fans during batting practice, but all he did was break the sun roof of Giants announcer Dave Flemming's car. I don't remember the specifics of what happened after that, but I have a vague memory of Latos refusing to pay for the sunroof to be fixed at first.
Latos started the biggest game of the year, game 162 against the Giants and lost. In the offseason, Latos signed several baseballs for an auction adding the words "I Hate SF" to his autograph.
Roger McDowell was known as zany during his playing days, his actions in San Francisco as a Braves coach were reprehensible.
Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell apparently had a hard time dealing with the Braves ouster from the 2010 NLDS at the hands of the Giants and carried those feelings with him into 2011. The Braves visited San Francisco in April and McDowell took out his anger in a disgusting way during an interaction with some Giants fans before a game.
A Giants fan who was at the game watching batting practice with his twin daughters overheard McDowell yell at some other Giants fans "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" then watched in disgust as McDowell simulated sex with a baseball bat. When the fan yelled to McDowell that he should watch his behavior because there were kids around, McDowell shouted back at him that "kids don't f****** belong at a baseball park" McDowell then threatened the fan with the baseball bat asking him "how much are your teeth worth?."
I could never say for sure that McDowell acted as he did because he was still hurt over the Giants beating the Braves in 2010 or if his behavior was triggered by jealousy over their championship, but he acted in a deplorable manner toward Giants fans and that disgusting behavior landed him on this list.
Jack McKeon is jealous of Ryan Vogelsong's success.
Granted, the Giants and Marlins did not meet in the 2010 playoffs because the Marlins didn't make the postseason. Perhaps the best story in all of baseball in 2011, Ryan Vogelsong continued his dominance of the league on Sunday August 14, 2011 when he confounded the Marlins en route to a Giants victory.
During that game, the Marlins pitchers threw inside to Vogelsong twice and then eventually hit him in the left triceps with a pitch in his final at bat. Vogelsong took exception to the pitch, mostly because it hurt and slammed his bat down in anger. He took his base while "discussing" the situation with the Marlins catcher. Tempers died down quickly and Vogelsong's dominance of the Marlins' batters continued.
After the game, Marlins manager Jack McKeon was asked about Vogelsong's reaction to the pitch. McKeon pretended to forget his name, referring to him as "Volkswagen" an obvious effort to discredit all that Vogelsong has worked for in his long and up until 2011, disappointing career.
It was a classless move by long time baseball man Jack McKeon. To me, McKeon wishes that he had someone with Vogelsong's ability and demeanor pitching for him and his lame attempt at belittling Vogelsong only made it blatantly obvious that he is jealous, hence his inclusion on this list.
Charlie Manuel is jealous of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum
The Giants took two out of three from the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia in late July 2011. The two wins were authored by Giants aces Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was unimpressed.
Manuel was asked about the two Giants pitchers after the series concluded and he said that they were both good, but he wouldn't consider them great. He went on to explain that they have both been very good in their careers to date but to be great, they would have to maintain that level of play over an extended period of time.
While his explanation makes sense in theory, he came across as bitter and petty in his assessment. He described what he saw from Cain and Lincecum in the two losses and said that his team "can beat that, I've seen us beat that". Problem is his team didn't, not those two days and not during the 2010 NLCS.
Cliff Lee gave up one of the most significant home runs in Giants history.
When the Giants and Rangers faced off in the 2010 World Series, the buzz was all about Cliff Lee and his magical postseason numbers. The media was comparing him the all time greats and the Giants were going to have to face him twice. They beat him, twice.
Lee obviously has not forgotten what happened last October. When asked earlier this year about the 2011 version of the Giants, Lee said "Obviously, without having the catcher, what's his name?...Posey, that's a huge blow to their team..."
While he is right in his assessment of the impact that Posey's loss has had on the Giants, I find it difficult to believe that he couldn't remember the name of the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year who led his team to the World Series Championship by beating him, twice.
Cliff Lee is jealous and he tops this list.