I concluded the inaugural edition of Basebrawl, our stretch-run trash-talking faceoff with the Giants lovers at SF Weekly, one of Westword's sister papers, with these lines: "The Giants begin a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight, and this time Monday, the boys by the Bay will be even deeper in the grave. Rest in peace."
And so it was written: The Rockies' lead in the wild-card chase, which was three-and-a-half games at that writing, is now at four-and-a-half. Granted, the situation looked grim Friday night, when the Rockies blew a 4-1 lead to the less-than-formidable Arizona Diamondbacks. Watching Brad Hawpe almost haul in a long fly that allowed the winning runs to score was especially gut-twisting, since the Giants beat the Dodgers in L.A. that same night. Fans were left to wonder if SF could actually step up against someone other than the snakebitten Rockies.
Perish the thought. The Rockies set things right with two convincing wins aided by Jason Giambi and his magic golden thong, while the Giants made like Dr. Jack Kevorkian and began euthanizing their season by way of two grisly defeats. And it only gets worse from here on out for San Francisco supporters. Tomorrow, the Rockies begin a nine-game homestand -- and remember, they went 9-1 during their last extended stay at Coors Field. In the meantime, the Giants have another three games on the road (against the Diamondbacks, now our second-to-favorite team!) before returning to friendlier confines.
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Is it over? Not yet. But an indication of how grim it's gotten for the Giants is offered by the SF Weekly's latest Basebrawl headline: "From Hell's Heart I Stab at Thee; For Hate's Sake I Spit My Last Breath at Thee. Ye Damned Rockies." For those of you who aren't Herman Melville scholars (or Wikipedia users), these lines paraphrase the desperate words of Captain Ahab shortly before being dragged to his watery doom by a certain Moby Dick. Looks like the Giants are about to go under for the last time. As for the Rockies, call them Ishmael.