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    I am just curious. Those of you who were fans of the Giants in the NY days are you rooting for or against the Giants.

    If you are rooting against them I get that. If you are rooting for them have you let your anger over the move fade over the years or did you stay Giants fans all these years?

  • #2
    When Ralph posts NY Giants stuff on Facebook after the Giants win something that's how I know he's pleased.

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    • #3
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/sp...oots.html?_r=0

      It’s understandable. Murphy, the Giants’ avuncular equipment manager, and Mays share a deep friendship. It goes all the way back to Murphy’s first day with the team as the Giants’ bat boy in 1958, the year the club moved to San Francisco from New York.

      In 2010, when the Giants won their first World Series as a Bay Area team, Murphy did the same thing as he did Sunday night. And the Giants as a team are basically sticking to their script, too. After they won in 2010, they paid homage to their New York roots by sending Mays, the star catcher Buster Posey and the championship trophy to Manhattan for what amounted to a sentimental victory tour of the city.

      And now they’re going to do it again. “We’re bringing it back,” exclaimed Giants General Manager Brian Sabean amid the euphoric celebration here Sunday night after his team won Game 4 to sweep the Tigers. “Tell everyone in New York to get ready, because we’re coming with it.”

      That may not be such heartening news to the Mets and the Yankees, the two local teams who would prefer to be parading the trophy around the city themselves. But instead it will the Giants, who played in New York for more than 70 years. It was in January 2011 that the Giants contingent carried out its initial championship visit. Sabean was part of the group, as was the team president, Larry Baer, now the team’s chief executive. They met with two groups of old-time New York Giants fans, all of whom faithfully attended games at the old Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan and never lost their love for the team, despite being abandoned by it. The fans regaled Mays with their recollections of his majesty at the Polo Grounds, and happily listened to his stories.

      In addition, Mays and the rest of the Giants contingent visited a public school in Harlem, where Mays told students about living in their community as a young player on the Giants. And the Giants also took the trophy down to Finnerty’s, a Second Avenue pub that has become a New York hub for transplanted Giants supporters from the Bay Area.

      “It was a really cool trip,” Posey said Sunday, not long after his two-run homer helped the Giants win the title.

      Although there was real heartache when the Giants, who were founded in 1883, left New York, their departure did not engender the same animosity that the Dodgers encountered in deserting Brooklyn for Los Angeles. For one thing, it was the Dodgers’ owner, Walter O’Malley, who was seen as the catalyst — or culprit — in the decision of both teams to move to the West Coast; for another, the Giants, despite their distinguished history in New York, did not have the romance attached to them that the Dodgers did in Brooklyn.

      The bitterness was simply more profound among Dodgers fans and, as such, it might be harder for the Los Angeles Dodgers to ever attempt a victory tour of Brooklyn similar to what the Giants are now doing in Manhattan for the second time.

      “The whole thing with New York is that we see ourselves as a 130-year-old franchise,” Baer said. “It’s not just the 55 years in San Francisco. The New York roots are important to us and we don’t forget them, so yeah, I’d like to bring the trophy back. I think we should do it every time we win.”

      Shawon Dunston, a spring training instructor and part-time coach for the Giants, grew up in Brooklyn, where he was a high school baseball star. His parents still make the borough their home. Dunston said that when the Giants take the trophy back to New York this time, he wants to be a part of the celebration. He also noted that the current Giants had a strong connection to another New York team — the Yankees.

      After all, Sabean worked in the Yankees’ front office, and Dick Tidrow, the Giants’ scouting director, was a pitcher on the Yankees’ championship teams in 1977 and 1978. The Giants coaching staff also includes several other former Yankees, most notably Dave Righetti, the pitching coach.

      “We learned from the Yankees,” Dunston said. As for the Giants becoming a West Coast dynasty that would mimic the Yankees’ overall success, Dunston said, “We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close, yes we are.”

      In fact, the Giants, who now have seven championships, are still 20 shy of the Yankees. Their first title came in 1905, and all six before now were celebrated in New York at some point. And now the seventh will be, too. Perhaps with Mays again joining in the celebration.

      “He was all excited and said, ‘Murph, we won it again,’ ” Mike Murphy said Sunday night in the champagne-drenched Giants clubhouse as he recounted his phone call with Mays. “He said he was on pins and needles the whole game. We waited a long time for the first one. Now it seems like every other year, we win one.”

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      • #4
        Anybody who has spent ten minutes in AT&T Park knows they mean it. I think my photos are still on here, and they've added more "New York" stuff since then. The latest is commemorating all of their pennants with actual pennants on top of the stadium - all 17 New York pennants with their own flag emblazoned with an NY.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by aqib View Post
          I am just curious. Those of you who were fans of the Giants in the NY days are you rooting for or against the Giants.

          If you are rooting against them I get that. If you are rooting for them have you let your anger over the move fade over the years or did you stay Giants fans all these years?
          I rooted for them, but not the way I might have rooted for the NY Giants, or even the Mets. The NYT article suggests that the degree of hatred about the Giants' move didn't equal that of Dodger fans, and I agree.

          I have lived in the Boston area since 1956, and I note that Sabean and Wilson are, essentially, locals. I also regret Cabrera's disgrace, but I believe that Romo, the saver, has had two drug suspensions.

          In current NYC parlance, it was better than Meh for me.

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            double posted

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
              I rooted for them, but not the way I might have rooted for the NY Giants, or even the Mets. The NYT article suggests that the degree of hatred about the Giants' move didn't equal that of Dodger fans, and I agree.

              I have lived in the Boston area since 1956, and I note that Sabean and Wilson are, essentially, locals. I also regret Cabrera's disgrace, but I believe that Romo, the saver, has had two drug suspensions.

              In current NYC parlance, it was better than Meh for me.
              You're confusing Sergio Romo with Guillermo Mota. Mota was on the postseason roster (he's been the mop-up/long guy for a couple years now) but Romo hasn't had any suspensions as far as I'm aware of.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bitter Fan View Post
                You're confusing Sergio Romo with Guillermo Mota. Mota was on the postseason roster (he's been the mop-up/long guy for a couple years now) but Romo hasn't had any suspensions as far as I'm aware of.
                I stand corrected. Thanks.

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                • #9
                  Everyone: after a long absence from this website I will mention that I am glad that the Giants won the 2012 World Series...
                  Being a National League fan that grew up with the Mets-and noting how the orange they use and the NY logo
                  honor the NY Giants we remember them...

                  I feel that the Tigers collapsed after beating the Yankees in the ALCS and no doubt the long 6 day layover hurt them...

                  I noted here that there are still fans remembering and following the history of the NY Giants after 54 years in SF...

                  It was interesting watching two teams that share the color orange in common meet in this year's WS and hopefully
                  this 2012 Giants team is kept together and be successful for some time...

                  LI MIKE
                  Last edited by Long Island Mike; 11-09-2012, 07:46 PM. Reason: Text Addition...

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