San Francisco 49ers fans are no strangers to disappointment. Ever since 1995, when they won their last Super Bowl, it seems as though to identify oneself as a 49ers fan means to simultaneously identify as someone always getting the short end of the stick. This year, things seem to be changing.
While some deplore the shorter days, the oncoming darkness of winter, the bitter winds that blow across the bay now that October is about to change into November and summer is officially no more than a wistful memory, others of us are feeling our blood begin to stir as once again the chance to experience some memorable sporting events becomes increasingly frequent.
Want to know our favorite thing about baseball? The seasons last so dang long! All the way from early spring to mid-fall, those players are running around their diamonds, hitting home runs, and making amazing double plays. It makes the heart ache just to think about all the baseball happening right now. Which is why we want to take today to highlight the already well-known fact that the Bay Area has not one but TWO amazing baseball teams. Between the two of them, there are enough home games happening in and around San Francisco to practically make it so that you never need to leave a ballpark.
Winter is long, and winter is tiring. Although in the Bay Area we don’t see the layers of snowfall or suffer from the crushing pressure of ice buildup, we do find ourselves in a gray time full of fog and chillier temperatures. It is fitting that we look eagerly towards the first signs of Spring. One of these, and for many it is the only one that matters, is the beginning of baseball season.
Running. It’s a lifestyle, so they say, although it often seems like one that involves a whole lot of effort. And while there is certainly something to be said for either participating in a run or going to cheer on someone you know who is participating, it often feels that the moments of excitement are few and far between. Unless, that is, you happen to be witnessing or participating in the Bay to Breakers run in San Francisco.
You don’t need to be a huge fan of sports to enjoy going to a baseball game. As American as endless highways, Winnebagos, and Cliff Bars, baseball has been lodged into the psyche of our nation even before Kevin Costner decided to mow down his cornfield in order to play catch with his dead dad. Ever since the regular season ended last September, millions of people around the country have been watching their calendars, waiting for that beautiful spring day when the dugouts will disgorge teams prepared to battle one another over the course of the next six months for that enviable prize of the World Series title.
The San Francisco Giants are always a playoff contender – but can they be a title contender in 2017? Last season they made it to the playoffs, but bowed out early after being defeated by the soon-to-be world champions Chicago Cubs. And although many see 2017 as a rebuilding year of sorts for the Giants, with 2018 being the year they make a run for the pennant, you can’t count the club out completely.
With the end of the Winter and the coming of Spring visitors (and residents) of San Francisco can look forward to any number of different things. The warmer weather for certain, the blooming flowers, the softened breezes, and, of course, the return of the San Francisco Giants to AT&T Park for their 2017 season.
For the second time in two years, the Golden State Warriors are on their way to the finals. Once again, the two-time MVP Stephen Curry and his team of unprecedentedly talented players are marching straight towards the NBA title, with only one small hurdle to cross over before they find themselves the season’s winners once again.
As the World Series is for baseball, the Super Bowl for football, and the World Cup for soccer, so is the Stanley Cup for hockey. This is how we can know for sure that our team is the best, where myths and legends are made and frozen on the ice. It is what everything is building towards. This year, for the first time in the team’s history, the San Jose Sharks will be competing for the Stanley Cup. Throughout the playoffs, they managed to topple the Kings, the Predators, and the Blues from their respective towers, and now it the Sharks standing alone as they prepare to go head to head against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the end of this month.