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The Giants reality show is actually going to happen

Jan 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

Major League Baseball just made it official: that reality show on Showtime featuring the Giants is a go:

Showtime Networks, Major League Baseball Productions and the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up for a new series chronicling the competitive and complex world of professional baseball. The new series will give viewers a front row seat into the lives of the players, coaches and team personnel as they begin the arduous task of defending their World Series title through the 2011 MLB season.

They’re going to start filming soon, getting guys back at home and following them on their way into and through spring training.  There will be a preview episode opening week, but then the show will go on hiatus until the second half of the season when it begins airing regularly.

I presume the lag is to give the producers time to frame things just so, dramatically speaking.  Shines will be put on losing streaks. Time will be allowed for contrived “I love you, bro” scenes to explain away clubhouse strife after it happens.  And if things go well — which is totally boring — there will be time to create faux drama.

Because there’s only one constant about reality shows, and that’s that they’re not all that real, frankly.

  1. seeingwhatsticks - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Disappointed in Showtime. Don’t they know that no one cares, the Giants only won be default, and are just holding the trophy for the Phillies? Why wouldn’t Showtime want to show THE GREATEST STARTING ROTATION IN THE HISTORY OF TIME?
    Oh that’s right, that’s exactly what they signed up for. This should be interesting and let’s hope it doesn’t become a distraction. It’s one thing to record training camp, it’s another to be around all season long.

    • blbuckeye - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      Won by default? Sounds like sour grapes from a bitter Phillie fan. I mean “Phillie Phan.”

      I know this has been beat into the ground but “THE GREATEST STARTING ROTATION IN THE HISTORY OF TIME?” combined to lose 5 games to a very mediocre hitting Giants team last year.

      And I find it laughable a team that has won the World Series twice in 125+ years is saying somebody is holding their trophy like they are the Yankees.

      At least Yankees fans have the resume to be obnoxious.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        Apparently my sarcasm missed the mark. I’m a Giants fan and think it’s comical that Phillie fans think a. their team is now better, and b. that their rotation is a lock to be best in the game. If anything the Giants have a much better chance of repeating or even improving upon their recent performance while the Phils group is quite likely to start regressing and/or facing injury problems.

    • giantsrchamps10 - Jan 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      I don’t how any body can dub the phillies as the greatest rotation of all time. Don’t you have to prove your the best before you are called the best. Giants as far as i can see have the best rotation right now, not of all time but right now for sure, and don’t forget the bullpen. I’m not saying the phillies are not gonna be good, they might even be great but giants are still number 1 until someone takes it away. The Giants have beaten all those pitchers, all Phillie did was put them on one team to get it all over with at one time, as long as the bats come through. The bats hopefully will be better this year, and they should improve quite a bit from last year having this team all year that they had at the end of last season. Also I agree, they don’t need the distraction of the cameras all year. Spring training is one thing, hopefully they handle all the media in there face all season. I can only imagine that they will end up getting tired of it, and hopefully Showtime is limited to how personal they get with them. The last thing they need is that, they got to stay focused at the task at hand, witch is winning.

  2. belichickee - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Brilliant!! It is about time MLB started trying to get people interested in baseball again. My son, who’s in college and has never watched a day of hockey in his life prior to this year, started watching the Caps 24/7 show on HBO and is now a huge hockey fan, he was even able to talk hockey with his grandfather over the holidays. Hard Knocks is huge. Watching people sweat out whether or not they’re going to make the team? Coaches yelling at players, players acting goofy? That’s great stuff, Craig, and people will eat it up. Kudos to MLB for finally thinking outside the box.

    • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Sorry to hear about your wasted tuition output. Maybe your son can grow up and be a Zamboni driver.

      • westtribetobe - Jan 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM

        spudchakar chill. marketing MLB to TV watchers who aren’t going to sit there and watch a 3 hour game every time they want a glimpse into the baseball world is intelligent and lucrative. Getcho knowledge up

  3. jhorton83 - Jan 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Well, they definitely picked an entertaining team of characters. Brian Wilson is easily the funniest player in the league at this point in my opinion. His bizarre interviews and random non-sequiturs are just epic. He’s the baseball version of Zach Galifianakis from “The Hangover”.

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