In “The Giants of the Polo Grounds,” his definitive history of the New York Giants, Noel Hynd concludes by pointing out, “the New York Giants weren’t dead, as Chuck Dressen twice suggested. Worse, they were gone.”
Given the legendary status of the Giants’ franchise at that point, and the woeful seasons that piled up for the Senators, the comparison I’m about to make isn’t a fair one. Nevertheless, baseball fans in Washington had similar feelings of abandonment when they lost their boys not once, but twice.
It’s been over 50 years since the Senators left for Minnesota and more than 40 since the Senators Mark II headed for Texas. We’re guessing those old wounds have long since healed. Still, feelings run high with such matters as love for a baseball team, so we couldn’t help but wonder what some of those Senators fans are thinking as baseball pulls into the Twin Cities for its annual three-day stop for the mid-summer classic.
Opening the sports pages of The Washington Post this morning, I made my usual check of the standings. The Twins are the Central Division’s Caboose. The Rangers bring up the West’s rear end.
We don’t believe in curses, but a smile did run across my face when I had the thought that maybe there’s a graybeard or two here in Washington who noticed the same thing. Poetic justice and all that.
And it’s not just the standings. The weather gods appear to be involved in this story too. Average high in Minnesota for today is 83. Average low is 65. Forecast for today calls for a high of 70 with a low of 54. Not a biggie to hearty Minnesotans, but odd nevertheless.
We take no joy in pointing this out, and hope Twins fans have a blast. And besides, what is happening here is a coincidence.
So it’s all good, especially here in Washington where the home team is in first place at the break. The pain endured during the franchise rebuild has given way to a talented team with the second best record in the league. They may never cover themselves in glory like Walter and the 1924 team, but they now have the goods to try.
Of course, no one is paying any attention to all this. The Post used up their ink last night on stories about Derek Jeter.
Jeter is a Yankee, a kind of anathema in Washington. But give number 2 his due. Above all else, he was loyal and stayed with one team.
We applaud and appreciate that, but will root for the other team tonight.