The Giants are long since tucked away for their metaphorical winter naps, statistically speaking, if you picked up an adopted team for the playoffs, they’re probably eliminated by now, and if you have to hear Tim McCarver explain what “pitching around” means again you’re going to scream. So what is a Giants fan to do? A few tips to survive what remains of the World Series
Turn the volume down: When you feel your blood pressure starting to spike as McCarver and Buck act like no pitcher ever in the history of ever other than Kyle Lohse has been diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome (*cough* Noah Lowry *cough*), when you’re wondering for the thousandth time why the Yankees and/or Red Sox are being discussed mid-game, turn the volume down. Turn on your Journey playlist. Relax. There is actually some really enjoyable baseball being played, and it’s the last we’ll get on TV for five or so months, so better make the best of it. I’ve found that ratcheting down the World Series pomp and circumstance (and the Buck/McCarver “Baseball for Dummies” commentary) can make it more enjoyable when the eliminated fan bitterness starts to set in.
Geek out: Play the “I wonder when the last time… ” game with Baseball Reference or Baseball Prospectus or Fan Graphs. Check out the stats of all the bench guys LaRussa and Washington trot out in late innings. Find some sleeper to pick up for your fantasy team next season. Bust out the graphing calculator and go to town, if you’re so inclined. If you’re statistically inclined, it’ll be fun, and if you’re not, maybe it’s a good way to get your toes into the water.
Tweet it up: If you don’t already, track down some Cardinals or Rangers fans to read and absorb their excitement. Remember the insane adrenaline of last season and be happy for them!
Cook up a storm: Make some of your favorite ballpark foods at home, grab your favorite beer (or other adult or non-adult beverage) and make a bit of an event out of it. Giants or not, this only happens once a year. I know for many of us, garlic fries hold a very special place in our heart, so in the interest of the public good, I’m going to share my own personal home made garlic fries recipe.
Garlic fries can help what ails you. Photo courtesy of Wally Gobetz via Flickr
You will need:
Yukon Gold potatoes (you can use whatever potatoes you like, but after much experimentation, I’ve found the starch content of the Yukon Golds and their general texture yields the best results)
Garlic (you can even use the pre-chopped if you’re lazy like I am, though the fries are best if you chop it fresh)
Flat-leaf parsley (you can also use cilantro if you want a Mexican take on the fries)
Wash and slice the potatoes. If you like crispy fries, slice the potatoes more on the thin side, if you like softer, more potatoes fries, you can slice them in rounds.
Toss the fries in a couple tablespoons of olive oil (just enough for a light coating) and about a teaspoon of garlic powder (more or less to taste) and a pinch of sea salt. If you’re not a huge garlic fan, you can skip the garlic powder, but it really does add some nice depth to the flavor. Spread the fries out on a baking sheet in a single layer (this is very important) and put them in a 475 degree oven for about twenty to twenty-five minutes.
While the fries are baking, take a couple of tablespoons of garlic (more or less depending on how big a batch of fries you’re cooking up and how garlicky you want them) and sautee LIGHTLY in olive oil over medium-low heat. You do not want there to be any color on the garlic, you just want to take some of the raw bite off. Finely chop the parsley and toss all of this together in a big mixing bowl.
When the fries are out of the oven, sprinkle with more sea salt and toss in the mixing bowl with the garlic and parsley until everything is evenly coated. Eat quickly (and in large quantities) before they get soggy. Personally, I like them with a nice blonde beer and some tri-tip, but they’re good with anything or by themselves (I ate them as my dinner a couple of times last post-season, no lie).
Now let’s go Cards and/or Rangers, whoever is going to get us to an extra-innings game seven!