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The Giants’ championship is illegitimate because of Melky, says man with presumably straight face

Oct 31, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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This column from Ray McNulty of the T.C. Palm in Florida is so chock full o’ stupid that it defies block quoting. But know that Mr. McNulty believes the following:

  • The Giants are not deserving of World Series congratulations because Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs, and that justifies us questioning “the legitimacy” of the championship;
  • “His season was a fraud. He cheated. That’s shameful,” and “the Giants — knowingly or unknowingly — reaped the rewards of his cheating.” He adds: “That’s not right. It’s not fair.”
  • The Giants probably did know he was cheating or else they wouldn’t have traded for Hunter Pence in July;
  • This is even worse since it’s the Giants, because Barry Bonds played for them and several Giants players were mentioned in the Mitchell Report. Five years ago.
  • Bud Selig should act in the best interests of baseball and disqualify teams from playoff consideration if they have PED users on the team.

Because that’s workable.

Look, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if you’re going to seriously question the legitimacy of the Giants championship, you need to account for the fact that the Giants were up by one game in the standings on the day Cabrera was suspended yet somehow ended up winning the division by eight games.

Wait, let me guess: once their criminal conspiracy was finally uncovered all of the stress of their deceit ended, thereby allowing them to loosen up and play better?

  1. norseman9999 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    It’s pretty simple. The Giants had 150 games of steroid suspensions this year. Therefore they cheated. To argue WAR and stats is irrelevant since no one knows what would have happened had Melky been there or not been there. The only irrefutable fact is that the Giants players did not play by the rules. Did others do it too? Of course, but not 150 games worth. I find it so sad that people sit around and celebrate this teams’ championship and no one is talking about the 150 games. The irony of the championship team also winning the steroid suspension championship. This should be the top story for MLB right now, but instead, eyes and ears are again closed to the simple fact that it is cheating. And, like Barry and his HR crown, the Giants now celebrate a championship which should go against everything that any true baseball fan, regardless of team affiliation, stands for. Things like integrity, sportsmanship, and fairness.

    At the parade today, there were a few dozen (it seemed) cheap, plastic syringes (new, with no needles) strewn around the street with “150” written on them with a marker. At least someone has taken notice. It’s just a shame that the sports media hasn’t. And we wonder why baseball is dying. Shame on the players, teams, league, fans, and media for allowing this.

    • stex52 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Baseball is dying? You’d better tell them. They think they are drawing more fans and making more money every year.

      They sure will be surprised.

    • rangermania - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      Basically the Giants should have been disqualified since Melky contributed to more than 9 close games during the season. Or better yet they would be disqualified for post season next year just like colleges. That would force teams to police their players drug use! Turn in the trophy guys and give it to the Tigers or the Cards! That says alot coming from a Rangers fan.

    • bradleeygalindo22 - Nov 3, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      Mota and Cabrera, who got caught, cheated. Not the team. Go watch the NFL, they’re all clean

    • vpettibone57 - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      and you are stupid !! thats a fact enough said.

  2. openseason51 - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    If you don’t like it, change the rules. They won! Get over it!

  3. areyesrn - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Pence was supposed to go to the Giants last year, not the Phillies…

  4. txnative61 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    “Integrity, sportsmanship, and fairness.” Sounds more like Cricket, the game of Royalty and gentlemen in England than Rounders and American Baseball. The infield fly rule and others in Baseball reflect the rough and tumble American spirit to do anything you can get away with to win, and many of our most celebrated players in the past reflected that attitude. If baseball is indeed losing popularity, its because its alienating the lower and middle class fanbase with political correctness, who are watching Football, Basketball, and Hockey where a degree of outlawry still exists, and pretentious gentlemen rare.

  5. teambringitstrong - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    You can laugh all you want and reply with wity and sophomoric quotes but even though as you have correctly pointed out they were up by only one game and increased the lead, the facts are PRIOR to that they used a player that cheated plain and simple. College teams (and yes I know this isn’t college) forfeit wins using players who gained an advantage by whatever means, not future wins.
    If you’re going to put an asterisk by Mr. Bonds, then yes put one by the Giants’ WS win.

  6. bradleeygalindo22 - Nov 3, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    So continues the Salem witch trials against the San Francisco Giants for having someone who got popped for steroids. This is a garbage article, by a garbage baseball writer just trying to cause a ruckus and throw s-hit against the wall to see if it sticks. What exactly did melky have to do with the giants winning the World Series? He didn’t have a single at bat in the postseason. The only real contribution he had to it was helping to win the all star game, giving the g-men HF advantage. Which in my opinion wouldn’t have mattered anyways. If I recall correctly, the giants were in a dog fight with LA on August 15 when the melk man got suspended, during the “blockbuster” trades La was putting together. This is a team sport and a team rallied through adversity to overcome and show just how important it is to play for the guy next to you. Oh by the way McNUTTY, several giants players? Out of 80 some odd players in the Mitchell report? Come on. #westcoastbias

  7. vpettibone57 - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    this mcnulty character is an idiot!! when cabrera got suspended did he apologise to the team and the players, NO he just disapeared like a theif in the night. the team washed their hands of him. and banded together and player even better without him. proved they could win without him. they jelled at the right time. and they are the best team. look at zito he averages what 84 and verlander is at 98. and zito still smoked him with top notch defense. this is the 2nd time that giants has bested verlander the first being at the all star game. sure cabrera was there but panda bear did the most damage. panda bear right now owns verlander thats a fact.

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