East Coast Bias? San Francisco Giants Ignored Despite Success

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 23:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pumps his fist against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on June 23, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

While the sinking Mets and the mediocre Phillies receive loads of attention, there is a team flying under the radar.

The San Francisco Giants, 46-37, nine games over .500, second best record in the NL. Granted, it is the NL.

There is all this talk of pennant races, but all I hear about is the Yankees and Red Sox.

The Giants have a great pitching staff, but there is no national coverage of that. I understand that West Coast games start at 10 p.m. on the East Coast, but that doesn't excuse the lack of coverage and attention. Jessica Simpson got more coverage last year than the whole Giants team.

Average players in New York get more coverage than players like Albert Pujols, who is putting up numbers that rival some of the greatest in history, but even he doesn't get enough coverage. Imagine if Pujols was putting up these numbers as a Yankee. There would be five to ten minutes at a time dedicated to Pujols.

Tim Lincecum won the Cy Young last year, but that story got covered for one day, then dropped. Whenever the Yankees have a newsworthy pitcher, it gets 24/7 coverage. Joba Chamberlain couldn't hold Tim Lincecum's jock strap, yet he got hours of coverage every single day (Joba to the bullpen....Joba starter...bullpen...starter), while Lincecum was putting up historic stats, and getting ignored by the national media.

Even players on the Red Sox like Dustin Pedroia get so much love from the national media, while star performers like Pablo Sandoval are unknown on the East Coast.

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I don't blame ESPN or any other network, but they can't deny the truth.

That there is an imbalance in attention and coverage, and that should be fixed.

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