Monday, October 11, 2010
Enough Love to Go Around
Like the rest of the Bay Area, we here at Baseball San Jose have been rooting for the San Francisco Giants in their exciting playoff run. It's always gratifying to see a local team make a national impact, so we are thrilled to see the Giants take their Division Series. Let's hope they're on track to win their first World Series since the New York Giants were the champs in 1954.
As a testament to the widespread popularity of baseball in the Bay Area, Silicon Valleyites, too, are showing their Giants pride. Of course, in Silicon Valley, Giants orange and black has always sat comfortably alongside Athletics green and gold. We know there's always been room for both teams in the South Bay. That's what the Silicon Valley Leadership Group reminded Commissioner Bud Selig of in their recent letter. They point out that their organization is "comprised of both devoted A’s and Giants fans and ... will continue to enthusiastically support both teams ... in a vibrant two team market anchored by San Francisco and the Bay Area’s largest city, San Jose."
Finally, with all this playoff and World Series talk we can't help but imagine what a Silicon Valley World Series, with our own San Jose A's, would be like. No doubt, a state-of-the-art Cisco Field would be a MLB showpiece. Of course, we don't have to imagine what a playoff series would look like in downtown San Jose. If a San Jose A's playoff run looked anything like one of the San Jose Sharks', the city would be in for a boon. Those who've been in a downtown bar or restaurant during Sharks playoff games know the enthusiasm and passion that sweeps over the crowds. And there's no reason to think the A's wouldn't be equally embraced by the city.
Bottom line, whether it's the Giants or the A's in the playoffs or in a World Series, both teams—indeed both regions—benefit. There's more than enough love to go around.
You're up to bat, San Jose!