If the San Francisco Giants polish off the Philadelphia Phillies in today’s Game Five of the National League Championship Series, sportswriters won’t lack for reasons why: the Giants’ tremendous starting pitching; the Phillies’ lack of hitting; Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel’s questionable decision to go with journeyman Joe Blanton instead of ace Roy Halladay in Game Four.
But here’s another reason: political kismet.
The Giants have advanced to the World Series 4 times in the past 6 decades: 1954, 1962, 1989 and 2002.
With the exception of the ’89 Series (famously interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake), those 3 other appearances have one thing in common:
Each occurred during a presidential first-term, mid-term election.
2002: Bush 43
Or, look at it another way:
Republican president . . . Democratic president . . . Republican president . . . Obama?
Here’s something else for political junkies to consider: a World Series matchup between the Giants and the Texas Rangers (like San Francisco, one win away from clinching the American League Championship Series).
That would be Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco vs. George W. Bush’s Texas.
Deepest of Blue-State America vs. Reddest of Red-State America.
In other words, the Fall Classic mirrors the fall election.
Of course, should this happen, there would be an opportunity for the left and the right to come together.
Call it the mother of all bipartisan gestures: Bush and Pelosi bonding for nine innings by the dugout.
The former president is careful about his diet — can’t see him digging into the garlic fries at AT&T Park.
Madame Speaker doesn’t strike me as the kind of gal who’d much care for the Rangers’ signature “loaded big dog” (a 1/2-pound loaded with chili, cheese and onions).
Question: who’d get the warmer reception? Bush, in San Francisco? Or Pelosi, deep in the heart of Texas?