The San Francisco Giants play in the World Series tonight for the first
time since 2002, this time without the services of controversial home
run king Barry Bonds, who retired in 2007 after not being resigned by
the club. Because Bonds was surly
withdrawn, and a key figure in baseball's steroid
controversy, some baseball observers have suggested his absence makes
the 2010 Giants easier to cheer for than their 2002 counterparts.
Salon editor and Giants partisan Joan
finds this school of thought repugnant and ugly. It turns out
the people who find the 2010 Giants "likable" (like ESPN's Mark
) only feel that way because of their "irrational hatred of
Barry Bonds." We'd argue fans like the 2010 Giants because they don't
have any established stars (and also because they don't have Barry
Bonds, who was a jerk), but Walsh would probably just accuse us of
inflicting more "East Coast chauvinism" on San Francisco sports fans.
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