What a ride. The 2012 Major League Baseball season was a boon to the Bay Area, where both of our teams churned out storybook story lines all spring, summer and into fall.
It’s all over now, though. The confetti has been swept away. But even though awards season is just getting started, eye-opening trades are already being made, and the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes promises to provide captivating theater throughout the winter, it’s time for sports fans to shift their focus elsewhere.
Let’s start with the Warriors since they started this week.
Exactly what they started, we can’t be quite sure.
We’d like to think along the optimistic lines of Joe Lacob and Peter Guber; this is the start of something special.
But like any rational sports fan whose team has been to the playoffs just once in nearly two decades, we’re pessimistic.
Wait a second. My bad. These are the Warriors we’re talking about. Rational fans? No. And that’s not a bad thing.
Because if the Dubs actually start getting better, the fact that players around the NBA know damn well just how loyal the fans are will make luring free agents that much easier.
A shiny waterfront arena won’t hurt, either, of course, but it all starts with winning.
Do these Dubs have what it takes to be winners? Vegas doesn’t really think so. Neither do the basketball “experts.” National media outlets are looking at Golden State with a wary eye.
Hard to blame them, really.
Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson have tremendous potential, but they’ve proven exactly nothing.
Andrew Bogut and David Lee have been All-Stars, but they aren’t exactly stars in the true sense of the word.
They’re really good players who have looked even better on bad teams. On a really good team, they’d both be role players — No. 3 options at best.
In other words, neither guy can carry a team on his back. Hell, let’s just hope Bogut can continue to put weight on his ankle.
And speaking of ankles, let’s get into Steph Curry, whose contract extension, agreed to Wednesday, was the scariest thing the Warriors could have done for Halloween.
Nobody gets rich enough to buy a major professional sports franchise without being amenable to certain financial risks. Guber and Lacob surely rolled the dice with their dough many times before swooping in on Larry Ellison and taking the reins to the Dubs.
But you usually see a modicum of fiscal risk management once a business mogul steps into the sports world, don’t you?
Not with these guys. The Curry deal was mind-blowing in its what-the-hellness.
Four years and $44 million for a guy who’s among the league elite at one thing and one only — spot-up shooting — and is forever going to be an awkward landing away from another sprain that’ll cost him six weeks?
Sure. What the hell.
Makes you wonder what other risks these guys will take, doesn’t it?
But hey, fresh start and all that. The Dubs got a road win on Opening Night, and the newcomers looked mostly solid.
That’s how the season started for the A’s, too, right?
Mychael Urban has covered Bay Area sports for more than 22 years as a contributor to Comcast SportsNet, CSNBayArea.com, KNBR, MLB.com, ESPN The Magazine and various newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @BigUrbSports. His website is UrbsUnchained.com.