Giants Fans, Would You Give Back The 2002 World Series?

With all this talk about the NBA ref betting hoopla and how it may have affected the outcome of the Spurs-Suns 2007 playoff series, we couldn’t help but make the leap to baseball’s steroid crisis. To be sure, there are some key and obvious differences, but for the sake of argument, both scandals broke the sacred trust between the sport and the fan: the fact that the games (and their outcomes), for one reason or another, weren’t legitimate.

In this day and age, given Barry Bonds’ cringing home run chase and the Giants’ own struggles, there presumably aren’t many true baseball fans who don’t want to see performance-enhancing drugs abolished from the game. But in the same way that Suns fans are upset about this year’s playoffs, should the Giants’ own steroid-spurred (no pun intended) success run from 2001-2004 (or thereabouts) ignite ire in their National League foes?

Because of the BALCO case, a home run chase and a looming grand jury indictment (gulp!), the Giants have been at the epicenter of the steroid crisis, and have had many a non-Bondsian player under suspicion. In no other season is this more evident than the epic 2002 run to the World Series. Take a look at that year’s lineup.

C: Benito Santiago: implicated in BALCO case; had a career year in 2002 (All-Star)

1B: JT Snow

2B: Jeff Kent

SS: Rich Aurilia: heavy suspicions; (home run tallies from 1998-2004: 9, 22, 20, 37, 15, 13, 6)

3B: David Bell: implicated in HGH investigation

LF: Barry Bonds: … um, yeah.

CF: Marvin Benard: implicated in BALCO case (note: Lofton picked up at trading deadline, Shinjo platooned with Benard.)

RF: Reggie Sanders

P: Jason Schmidt: heavy suspicions abound after noticeable 5-8 MPH drop in velocity after steroid testing; had career year in 2002

So, six of the nine regulars have some type of link (granted, some are more speculative than others) to performance-enhancing drugs, which leads us to this question:

If you could eliminate steroids from the game, would you have given up that magical, memorable playoff run?

That season may have been the finest moment in recent Giants history. Bonds was must-see television. Schmidt was the most dominating pitcher in the league. Snow, Kent, Aurilia and Bell put together a scrappy infield. Kirk Rueter and Livan rounded out a lovable pitching staff. That was also the year that the great Robb Nen sacrificed his arm/career for the team. So Rally Monkey mental anguish aside …

Would you give back the 2002 World Series?


12 Responses to Giants Fans, Would You Give Back The 2002 World Series?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sure. It already has a bad taste in my mouth for the choking aspect.

  2. Max Mercy says:

    only if the A’s give us their 1989 World Series.

  3. Say Hey says:

    @Max: Touche. Tou-che.

  4. NFL Adam says:

    You realize you guys lost right?

  5. Disco Stu says:

    NO suspicion that Jeff Kent wasn’t ‘roiding? Really??

    [mc.enroe] You cannot be serious. [/mc.enroe]

  6. Max Mercy says:

    @ NFL Adam: We did win. I shut off the game in the 7th inning of Game 6. SF Giants 2002 World Series Champs. And don’t try to tell me the Angels came back and won – that would be just stupid.

  7. Greg A says:

    “only if the A’s give us their 1989 World Series.”

    HA!!! Classic. It’s so nice to see more people calling out the A’s. It pisses me off so much when my friends who are A’s fans give me crap about Barry. The only reason they won the ’89 Series is because McGwire and Canse-ho were poppin needles in each others’ asses.

    Ahh, but so is the dichotomy of a Giants fan. We bash others for their alleged steroid use yet we blindly cheer for Barry.

  8. Scud says:

    I am sure the Angels (and every other MLB team) are innocent of juicing. You think Tim Salmon never took steroids? Man Troy Percival sure had a drop off. How about him?

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