A Giant Family Affair
by Anthony Stasi
Jan 23, 2013 | 13129 views | 0 0 comments | 524 524 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Last Saturday, at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel on 42nd Street in Midtown, the San Francisco Giants brought their World Series trophy to their old hometown. The trophy then made its way to the celebrated Finnerty’s Bar on the east side.

Finnerty’s, a Manhattan establishment with strong San Francisco ties, hosted the second round of Giants fans coming to pay homage to the team’s second championship in three years. Two of those fans were longtime Queens residents who moved to Pennsylvania 20 years ago.
The Giants and the Yankees have a touchy history together. When the old Baltimore Orioles left Baltimore to join the upstart American League in 1903, their manager John McGraw jumped ship and went over to the New York Giants.

He even took the Baltimore colors (orange and black) with him. This is why the Giants and Orioles have the same color scheme. When original Orioles moved to New York, they underwent a series of name changes, eventually settling on the name “New York Yankees.” I have been having this conversation for thirty years with some of my San Francisco Giants loyalist friends pictured below.
Before 2010, the last time the Giants won the World Series, the guy in the middle of the picture (Joe Tufano, his grandson Joey at far left) was about six years old. Now, after two championships in three years, he says that he knows what it feels like to be a Yankees fan.

What Joe, and son Slade Tufano, are about to learn is that winning never – ever – gets old. It is never more exciting to lose than to win.
The San Francisco Giants are an interesting fan base, since they have evolved into a multicultural mass that not many other teams can claim.
Beginning in the Polo Grounds in Harlem, the Giants had the basic New York fan base – some middle class, some a little better off. Now, being in San Francisco for so long, they have a large northern
California fan base. Combine those fans, or just watch when the playoffs are in San Francisco, and you see a pastiche of fans that has a quilt-ish resemblance to the rest of the country.

Few sports franchises have what is considered a national fan base, save for the Yankees, Dallas
Cowboys, and a few others. The Giants’ fan base is still relatively rooted out west and in pockets of New York, but their fan base is without question one of the most unique.
In an era of sports where staying on top requires serious salary expansion, the Giants have managed to have their best years while not spending as much. Here is hoping my friends will back to New York next year to see the our team (you know which one) unveil the 2013 trophy.

Money Wasted
The city will lose a boatload of state and federal funding due to the lack of a teacher evaluation plan. It seems as though it is popular, and politically safe, to argue that both sides (the mayor and the
union) are playing politics. But what part of politics is the mayor playing?

He has nothing to gain by making life difficult for the unions. The evaluation plan is necessary and it will have root out bad teachers. There is actually a side arguing against this.

The argument made by Michael Mulgrew and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is that there were other ways of approaching the evaluation process. If that is the case, why did they not enact those reforms years ago?

Now, faced with a real evaluation system, they refuse to come to the table and it cost the city’s schools hundreds of millions of dollars. Who cares about kids in this scenario? Do kids benefit from a system where their teachers are not evaluated effectively? Do kids benefit from the Department of Education not getting hundreds of millions of dollars?

This is not both sides playing politics. This is just one side playing politics.

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