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The San Francisco Giants Are Okay with Being Okay

Nick San Miguel
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: San Francisco Giants players high-five after beating the San Diego Padres 3-2 in a baseball game PETCO Park on July 31, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: San Francisco Giants players high-five after beating the San Diego Padres 3-2 in a baseball game PETCO Park on July 31, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco Giants did nothing at the trade deadline. They’re a game over .500 as they head into Arizona to play a team tied for the division lead.

I don’t think the San Francisco Giants front office chose to do nothing because they think they can win with this team. No, I think they just looked around and said, “Meh, what’s so bad about .500 baseball?”

And when I really think about it, nothing is wrong with .500 baseball. It’s totally inoffensive. Sure, it might be boring or frustrating at times, but coming off the heels of a disaster season, I’ll take it.

Yet, at the end of the day, we’re San Francisco Giants fans. Not only that, we’re San Francisco Giants fans in the 2010s decade. We’re as spoiled as they come. We’re championship thirsty. Solid improvements from year to year mean nothing to us if they don’t result in a playoff run.

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So really, what’s so bad about mediocrity? Most people in their lives are lucky to attain mediocrity. Getting a steady job, a wife or husband, maybe a couple of kids, and a house and you’ve cooked yourself up a nice bowl of mediocrity. Now what’s wrong with that? Nothing!

Perhaps we don’t want our sports teams to be a reflection of ourselves though. Maybe that’s why it brings us such elation when they bring home a title, especially like in 2012 when the odds were stacked against them and they swept the Tigers.

Because that was anything but mediocre. It was extraordinary. And maybe it makes us believe that one day we won’t be mediocre either, that one day we’ll leave our mark on the world despite the long odds.

Or maybe we’re all just baseball fans who like seeing our favorite team do well because it’s fun. Yeah, the latter makes more sense.

Next.

So, at the end of the day, I get why we all want this team to win. While I may just be a bit too insouciant about this team, it’s not like they’re miserable to watch. Sure, the offense shuts down every other day but it’s still fun to watch Dereck Rodriguez pitch and Buster Posey take at-bats.

Plus, remember the fact that okay is better than bad. So go ahead Giants, just be okay, it’s just fine with me.

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