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The Dreaded Period After the All-Star Break
For some reason, the San Francisco Giants usually seem to go into a decline immediately after the All-Star Game, often after having been playing well right before it. There's no rational explanation for this tendency. The sample isn't big enough for it to be statistically meaningful, I suspect. Yet I have come to dread the period all the same. Even so, the promise of something good happening before the trade deadline -- Roberto Hernandez --or perhaps even something so bad that it's good to talk about -- Joe Carter and José Mesa, anyone? -- makes this frustrating half-month more than simply a time to mourn. Despair looms, yet hope flashes brightly in reflections of what's going on just around the corner. I've complained regularly, over the years of keeping this blog, that people want to read my entries about sports allegorically are making a grave mistake, since they are almost always simple-mindedly literal. This entry, however, is an exception.

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From: ext_136530 Date: July 23rd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I want to speak from love, not allegiances, just to say I feel your pain.
barca_k From: barca_k Date: July 23rd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

My Astros are exactly the opposite. Every season I can expect between five & ten poorly-pitched, error-filled outings in which all our guys swing at the first pitch with RISP & naturally pop up. But then, usually in July, someone apparently spikes the team gatorade with the secret "How to Actually Play Baseball" serum... & suddenly Berkman gets hot, Oswalt becomes reliable again, & for some reason we're able to hit in the clutch (reference last night's ninth-inning success v. the Cards).

As to the allegorical significance-- I hope things improve for you in whatever way you'd prefer them to.
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