The defending World Series champion Giants ended their first losing season since 2008 on Sunday, but fans still filled AT&T Park to show their devotion to a team that has brought them two titles in the past four seasons — and much torture.
For San Francisco resident Liz Perle, 57, the lackluster 76-86 record and third-place finish in the NL West were not much of a downer. She wrote “Thank You” on a piece of paper and pinned it to the back of her Giants jersey.
“If you’re a real Giants fan, you spend more time losing than winning,” Perle said.
Other fans were not as forgiving, but still sympathetic.
“I was hoping to at least make the playoffs, but to come in almost last place after winning a World Series — that’s pretty bad,” said Sacramento resident Nick Rodriguez, 32, who attended with his wife and two children.
Still, the Giants have recorded 246 straight sellouts since the last three games of the regular season in 2010.