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08:16 AM ET 09.05 | Last year around this time, things were falling into place in San Francisco. On Sunday, it was just the opposite, a serious gut punch. The Giants' clubhouse was a smile-free and tune-free zone. This was the day the music died. Win this one and the Giants were right back in the race, taking a huge series -- Rocky Balboa shaking off the punches and staying on his feet. Instead, thud. The fat lady was gargling, the balloon was popped, the party was winding down. Set 'em up, Joe. The fans who packed the ballyard again, energized by Ross' first-inning leadoff homer and Ryan Vogelsong's mow-down pitching, shuffled out sadly. It was as if they had just been informed that those cute little panda hats are actually dead pandas.

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September 5, 2011  08:40 AM ET
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It happens to fluke champions

Champions are Champions, nobody can take that away, AND it happens to most champions.

September 5, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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most are flukes

Most are one time champions, but for that ONE MOMENT in time they reached the pinnicle. To say that they are fluke champions just doesn't set well because for that one moment they were the best. Period.

September 5, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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It happens to fluke champions

I would love it if you were able to call the Orioles fluke champions. Wouldn't bother me one bit.

September 5, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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most are flukes

See 07-08 GGGMen!

September 5, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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You people need to learn.....most champions are flukes...that's life

<Frank wants his quarter>

September 5, 2011  10:07 AM ET

Wow! Dead pandas? Some snarky excerpts from the SF Chronicle. It would have been simpler, but perhaps less fun, to note that the Giants' 2011 season couldn't survive the injury to Buster Posey.

September 5, 2011  10:29 AM ET
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Wow! Dead pandas? Some snarky excerpts from the SF Chronicle. It would have been simpler, but perhaps less fun, to note that the Giants' 2011 season couldn't survive the injury to Buster Posey.

Or Freddy Sanchez, or Brian Wilson, or Sergio Romo, or whatever killed the meager ability to hit the ball they had at the beginning of the season. Even very good pitching can't survive an offense that routinely scores two or less runs per game. Thanks for last year, Giants. This year's done.

September 5, 2011  11:14 AM ET

Ok, now that SF is basically out of the playoff race, can we get some real threads going? It seems like they run the same ones over & over...

September 5, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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Or Freddy Sanchez, or Brian Wilson, or Sergio Romo, or whatever killed the meager ability to hit the ball they had at the beginning of the season. Even very good pitching can't survive an offense that routinely scores two or less runs per game. Thanks for last year, Giants. This year's done.

so yet again ... the Seattle strategy of only having great pitching doesn't work ...

go figure ...

September 5, 2011  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wow! Dead pandas? Some snarky excerpts from the SF Chronicle. It would have been simpler, but perhaps less fun, to note that the Giants' 2011 season couldn't survive the injury to Buster Posey.

I think this article dug up every cliche' ever made about losing ... and it sucked ...

September 5, 2011  11:54 AM ET
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I think this article dug up every cliche' ever made about losing ... and it sucked ...

They got the latest copy of Cliche's For Dummies and wanted to get their money's worth.

September 5, 2011  12:26 PM ET

sometimes you are at the top,,,,,,,,,, and sometimes you will be in the ground, its time to wake up and start playing some serious baseball, perhaps not this year but about next year?

September 5, 2011  12:36 PM ET

napoli its helping the rangers both ways, offense and deffense has being his best answers to this franchise, the angels trade him to the jays? and everybody ask why would the halos did that? its easy, the angels trade him because he did lack deffense, he did hit homeruns every season but he got injuried easly, the player did good for the halos but the angels didn't have too much patience in this player, and just like last year, when the mariners trade cliff lee to the rangers this year the rangers got napoli only this time they got him from the jays!!

September 5, 2011  12:36 PM ET

next page!!

September 5, 2011  01:13 PM ET
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most are flukes

I don't see how there can be a fluke in baseball...162 game regular season followed by several series against the best teams. San Fran prooved who they were last year.

September 5, 2011  01:14 PM ET
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I would love it if you were able to call the Orioles fluke champions. Wouldn't bother me one bit.

Noooo, lol. The Orioles are pathetic, lol.

September 5, 2011  01:21 PM ET
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I don't see how there can be a fluke in baseball...162 game regular season followed by several series against the best teams. San Fran prooved who they were last year.

Yogi, I generally agree with you, but teams also get hot and cold throughout the season.

I'm not calling the Giants a fluke, but you'd agree that they were hitting on all 8 cylinders in the post season. They had to, in order to take out the teams that they did.

A fluke is more like winning one series against a clearly better team.

Underdogs yes, but not a fluke.

September 5, 2011  06:08 PM ET

where is that Cain dude??????????????????? LOL

September 5, 2011  06:08 PM ET

where is that Cain dude??????????????????? LOL

 
September 5, 2011  06:48 PM ET

its time to pack up everything, no need to waste any more energy or to get any more injuries!!!

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