Ha ha, there is no answer to this question fool.
Possible answers, though, include:
- This is the perfect even year destruction, created by the baseball gods for all the even year shenanigans the Giants have enjoyed.
- This is all Taylor Swift’s fault for not releasing an album this year.
- This is the biggest SF Giants troll of all time, and we’ll really be laughing about this at the end of October while watching another parade.
Jokes aside, there is no rational explanation for the 9th inning curse, and therefore no rational solution. These are 9th inning meltdowns turned into performance art. A theater of the absurd.
Last night, no one on the Dodgers did anything that amazing. Cory Seager had a good at bat against Javy Lopez, but hit a double play ball to no man’s land. Most of the meltdown is a strange combination of unfortunate luck and timing.
And yet, no one recorded an out in the 9th inning of last evening’s ball game. Which is to say: there was bad pitching involved.
But don’t try to understand it, don’t try to figure it out. Doing so will only send you to the brink.
Since there’s nothing rational about any of this, there’s only one possible solution and that solution is Joe Nathan.
Rationally, he would be my 5th or 6th choice to close games for this Giants team, but desperate times, man, desperate times.
Joe Nathan will forever represent one of the worst decision in Giants history. Joe Nathan’s absence (and subsequent ascent to top-5 closer) coincided with the last dark moment in Giants’ closer history. There’s a symmetry involved here.
Joe Nathan is the perfect reclamation story, taking the mantle up from Ryan Vogelsong and Travis Ishikawa.
Joe Nathan is the perfect, no-one-saw-that-coming, answer to the question that has no answer.
It’s poetic and beautiful and makes no sense, and therefore is the only thing makes sense.
Joe Nathan for closer, 2016.*
*or maybe Matt Cain.**