Here is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle that I thought would be interesting to share with you guys. You can find the original here ----> Killion: Funny thing about even years
This is the baseball humor issue, and the Giants even-year thing sounds like some kind of silly joke. That is, it did until 2014.
Now it’s no laughing matter. Time to take it seriously in 2016.
The first World Series championship in 2010 was cool. A now-I-can-die-happy moment for Giants fans. The second in 2012 was amusing. Hey, the Giants win in even years!
The third, in 2014, was just weird. Now, an even-numbered year equates to a World Series run, or at least the expectation of one.
The Giants’ free agent acquisitions mentioned it when they arrived. The fans talk about it. The players hear it constantly.
“There’s excitement around it,” Brandon Belt said. “The talk starts before spring training. It gets beat into your head.”
Is that part of the reason for the even-year phenomenon? That the Giants hear it so often they start to believe it? What is the real reason behind it?
I went to the man most responsible for the three World Championships. Buster Posey isn’t a fan of dumb questions, but he indulged me with this one.
Why do the Giants win the World Series every other year?
“I don’t know,” Posey said. “I think it has to do with the fact that we’ve had good teams for the last six years. I understand the interest because we’ve won the World Series and then missed the playoffs. I think there should be more of a balance there.”
That truly is the strangest part. Lots of teams launch championship eras. Few completely miss the playoffs in the years they don’t win. Most are like the Kansas City Royals, who got to World Series Game 7 in 2014 and then won it all the next year.
But the Giants have perfected the every other year thing. In odd years they get their season done early. Then they have a long championship run the next season.
“I don’t think it’s because we’re bad in the odd-number years,” Belt said. “I think it has to do with keeping people on the field. We seem to have a few more injuries in the odd years.”
That’s true, though Belt and Posey are quick to point out it’s no excuse. In 2011, Posey was hurt, derailing the season. In 2013, Angel Pagan missed most of the season. Last year, Hunter Pence wasn’t healthy.
There may also be some truth to the idea that missing the playoffs makes the team even hungrier. It certainly seems to make the front office more determined, as witnessed by the Giants’ spending in the free-agent market this offseason.
Does missing the playoffs every other year strengthen the team’s resolve to get back? Make their fire burn brighter?
“It could be,” Posey said. “But I don’t know any other way.”
That’s true. Posey has lived in an even-year world his entire major-league career. He knows it’s a strange thing.
“I don’t get sick of hearing about it,” Posey said. “It’s a good thing to talk about.”
Good thing he feels that way. Because it’s not going away, at least not in 2016.