News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria;
News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement;
News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as well the next season, in large part because of injuries and age;
News flash: All of these things have led to a general gloomy vibe among those new/euphoric/smug fans.
This time the story is about the Giants. But it can pretty much describe every team in the history of forever.
(thanks to Yankeesfanlen for the link)
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was among those who lost their homes as a result of the ongoing California wildfires, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Kapler’s house was in Malibu, roughly 50 miles west of Los Angeles.
Kapler is hoping his situation can be used to make more people aware of the seriousness of the wildfires. He said, “Keep talking about it. When you’re out in your community, talk about it with other people. Use it as a way to come together. I sent this text message back to people: Talk about it. Shine a light on it. Raise awareness. Feel it.” He added, “That’s my main point for other people. We’re good. Our family is good. There are a lot of other families who are not.”
Two days ago, Kapler made his first tweet since mid-July:
Per NBC’s Jay Gray, at least 31 people are dead and more than 200 people are unaccounted for. Thousands of homes were burned and another 72,000 remain threatened.