The SF Giants owe the fans a better explanation for the Korea debacle


Disaster. An embarrassment. humiliation. catastrophe.


choose one. Choose four. Pick any word you like, and you won’t even come close to describing the past 24 hours of San Francisco Giants.

The Giants had their next face of the franchise, the backbone of their lineup for years to come, the man who would help restore their reputation on and off the field, And then…they didn’t.

Carlos Correa is now a hitter, all because of a mysterious medical issue that put the Giants on pause before letting the ink dry on his 13-year contract. A successful offseason game suddenly turned into a smoldering mess, with the Giants absolutely breathless to add any star power to an uninspired slate and Giants fans left wondering why they should care about them anymore.

It is difficult to put into words how catastrophic this situation really is. Giants fans have been conditioned for years now to expect to be turned down by any guaranteed free agent, but this was the offseason, everything would change. Aaron Judge didn’t make it, but signing Correa was a massive win. The Giants were suddenly big-money players and long-term free agents, with names like Shuhei Ohtani and Juan Soto on the open market horizon.

right Now? What free agent would seriously consider the Giants if similar deals were on the table? Walking away from the Korea deal if the Giants find a serious medical problem is one thing, however All indications are that the anxiety was due to an injury He had it before he got to the big leagues. The Giants seemed to get cold feet, for whatever reason, and dug into whatever excuse they could get out of the contract. Who would trust a team with such a reputation?

The Giants could have taken their side of things off with a statement but instead released an A.J short propaganda This boils down to “Sorry, HIPAA, what can you do?” with a rejected emoji and has been silent ever since. Oh, that’s not quite right — the team sent out emails telling people that spring training tickets were on sale.

Could the front office be a little more designer? The fanbase’s worst fears had been realized, and the Giants’ response was to carry on with business as usual. Fabulous.

The offseason is a complete and complete failure – perhaps the worst that the team has experienced in its history. The Giants failed on all accounts: they failed to get younger, they failed to get more athletic, they failed to improve their defense, and perhaps most dreadfully, they failed to get more exciting. There’s no one left on the market with comparable skills to Correa – sure, there are a few bits they could add here or there but no one would make the same kind of impact. Nobody will move the needle.

Giants fans are right to be upset, too. They have the right to be angry, really. After a week of hype, with who knows how many tickets sold on the pretext of seeing Korea in orange and black, the rug was completely pulled from under it in the middle of the night. All the good vibes that the giants had created were wiped out in an instant.

And why? There may indeed have been a medical issue that was incredibly troubling, but until we hear otherwise, people are going to assume that the Giants simply got cold feet at the thought of a 13-year commitment. And their “medical reasons” excuse rings hollow when they just handed a contract to Mitch Hanegger, who played just 57 games last year, as well as Tommy La Stella and Anthony Disclavanni in previous years. You’re telling me these guys traversed their bodies with flying colors? Hell, on Wednesday, it was reported that the team is interested in Michael Conforto — a man so injured he hasn’t played at all in 2022.

But the most frustrating thing is seeing the giants act like a small risk averse market team that has to weigh every decision they make in dollars and cents. Of course there is a risk when delivering a long-term deal, and chances are that Korea will be hit multiple times in the next 13 years. But so what? Giants are worth billions of dollars. Their ball is paid off. Mission Rock is about to start printing money. They play in one of the largest media markets in the country. However, was the $350 million contract too much for them? silly.

The Giants owe their fans an explanation. They can’t just put out a short press release and call it a day. Fans deserve to know what happened and why this team still can’t get anyone of substance to take their money.

And until they do, the fans have every right not to spend a dime of it on the Giants.

Dave Tobiner (gggiants on twitter) is a lifelong Giants fan whose family has had season tickets for over 30 years. He’s been lucky enough to never miss a World Series game at The City in his life, never quite finished after 2002, and lives and dies with the Giants every year.

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