In Episode 21, things are curious and unnatural on The Baseball Diaspora. Due to the lingering effects of the sinister confluence of Halloween and a San Francisco Giants World Series Parade, Brock is joined not by Dan, the ardent anti-Giant, but bizarro Dan – Dan Lerner – a lifelong diaspora Giants fan. San Fran Dan takes Brock through the 2012 Postseason experience before the two look ahead to the Giants’ offseason and the NL MVP race. Topics include:
- Which component of the Giants’ winning formula was most indispensable to the team’s success in the postseason.
- The Giants player most deserving of the MVP award for the entire postseason.
- What play or moment stood out as the most memorable for Giants fans from an October full of remarkable games?
- Dan’s road warrior experience in the 2010 and 2012 playoffs, following the Giants to Atlanta, Texas and St. Louis, and favorite memories from those trips.
- How the 2012 World Series compared to 2010 for Giants fans and, from a more general perspective, can you ever top the first World Series your team wins in your lifetime?
- The 2012 Giants team compared to the 2010 team and which will be remembered more fondly.
- What the future holds for the Giants: continued playoff success or a drop-off due to stiffer competition within the division?
- The Giants’ fan’s wishlist for the offseason: does the team build upon its success by keeping the team largely intact? Add outside talent through free agency or trade? Both? Neither?
The guys close out the podcast by discussing the NL MVP race between Buster Posey and Yadier Molina, whether the race is closer than most people think and how to adequately factor defense and base running into the MVP calculus.
While the focus is on the 2012 World Champs, Brock is able to work the St. Louis Cardinals into the conversation at regular intervals.
This episode goes out to Dan (the original), his wife Rachel and the certain A’s fan daughter who they should be welcoming very soon!
The Bill James book Brock completely blanked on the name of is The Politics of Glory: How Baseball’s Hall of Fame Really Works
The ESPN article Brock & Dan discuss during the brief discussion of the AL MVP race is this one by Peter Keating (sorry, it’s an Insider piece)…
…and here is an evisceration of Keating’s argument that I found when searching for the original article