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Gibson's work in 2011 earns respect - but not Giant fans' support
A Giant fans' 2011 postseason do-not-root list:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Dethroning the Giants as NL West champs earned Arizona a measure of respect, not support. This is baseball, not March Madness (where rooting for the winner of your school's conference is accepted practice unless it's UNC and you attended Duke, or vice versa).
Plus, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was a Dodger. Case closed.
Philadelphia Phillies: This presumably needs no explanation, but just in case: To the Phillies, the GIants didn't win the 2010 title; they believe they lost it. If Philadelphia wins the 2011 Series, it'll fortify their fantasy that last year was a fluke.
No self-respecting Giant fan can get behind that.
Texas Rangers: Supporting Yorvit Torrealba or Scott Feldman is one thing; rooting for the Rangers because "we beat them last year" is weak. Besides, the Rangers play in (effectively) Dallas. As a San Francisco fan, you can't root for Dallas in anything.
New York Yankees: Are you kidding?
Boston Red Sox: It was fashionable to root for the Sox when they hadn't won a title in...what, 370 years? They've now won two since 2004. Plus, fans of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins have ample titles to cherish. It's time they shared the wealth.
St. Louis Cardinals: If Atlanta blows its Wild Card lead and the Cards sneak in, the legend of Tony La Russa grows. That's just a frightening thought.
Tampa: It is against the laws of baseball to root for any team from a city that made a serious bid to steal your team. Giant fans cannot root for the Rays.