Perhaps it was fitting that Opera in the Park took over the friendly confines of Third and King on Sunday — the fat lady was singing in Arizona the night before as the Giants’ once-promising season came to an official end.
There will be no NL West title, no wild-card berth, no ticker tape and no mosh pits on the pitcher’s mound.
And for many fans, it’s just time to move on.
“We had it all last year,” San Francisco resident Russell Ybuan, 32, said. “That at least makes it easier.”
On Sunday, bar patrons were more interested in the young NFL season than the Giants’ latest loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Even AT&T Park was devoid of fans eager to see their team return from the road for the final homestand of the season, against the Colorado Rockies starting tonight. Instead, music lovers prepared for Opera in the Park.
During the 2010 season, the Giants made a surprise run to the World Series, then beat the Texas Rangers to bring San Francisco its first-ever championship.
Many fans hoped the team would repeat this year, but that dream just wasn’t in the cards.
The 2010 team of beloved misfits became a 2011 squad plagued by injuries — including the loss of catcher Buster Posey early in the season, several trips to the disabled list for Brian Wilson, and shoulder issues for both Pablo Sandoval and Freddy Sanchez.
“I think the fame went to their head,” said Nadia Bubtana, 28, of San Francisco. “They had a lot of potential, but also they had a lot of injuries.”
Bubtana, Ybuan and their friend Jared Crabtree, 29, of San Francisco sat at Double Play Bar and Grill on 16th Street ready to look past this year’s baseball season and start rooting for the 49ers or the Raiders.
“The season’s done,” Bubtana said of baseball.
“The most upsetting thing is it seemed as if they didn’t try to play. I noticed it the last four games, especially when we lost to the Dodgers.”
— Piero Dongo, 18, Benicia
“We had a lot of injuries. I think it got the team down.”
— Laura Villegas, 32, San Francisco
“I think they had too much confidence. It was awesome last year, but I’m not surprised this year.”
— Maggie Carnero, 40, San Francisco