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I think you've pretty well nailed it, Richard:  Fan favourites as opposed to productve ballplayers; refusal to insure long-term contracts for (some of) its best while making ridiculous excuses which, however, are believed by gullible fans.
What we have here, first of all, is an incredible money producing machine (the Giants); second, a huge entertainment phenomenon; third, a successful myth creating system from management to sports writers on down to the SF manager and coaches; and fourth, only fourth, interest in building a winning baseball club.  The two recent World Series efforts were won by mediocre SF teams which will be remembered more for their luck than their playing skills.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Giant Fans Down to Two Choices: Swallow the Kool-Aid or Hit the Panic Button