Leaving the fan base despondent
San Francisco Giants fans were spoiled for most of the 2010s.
We got to see our favorite team win three championships in a five-year span, accruing memories that will last a lifetime. So despite the fact that we’re still basically playing with house money, it isn’t fun to watch your team be bad.
The departure of longtime manager Bruce Bochy, then longtime ace Madison Bumgarner, coupled with the questionable hire of Gabe Kapler really just wore down the fan base as the offseason progressed.
We knew it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier.
The front office no doubt sensed that dissatisfaction, and that could be why they decided to bring back two beloved Giants in Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval.
It’s kind of like how on the T.V. show The Office, Will Ferrell made a few guest appearances right as Steve Carrell was leaving the show to make that transition a little easier. Sandoval and Pence are Ferrell in this scenario. Kapler is probably Robert California.
While the nostalgic signings have appeased the fan base to a point, it doesn’t change the fact that the Giants are unlikely to contend in 2020.
When teams rebuild, they are usually bad for a while. So while there may be some regrets from this offseason, hopefully it is in the service of future success.