After the Giants got beat yet again on Friday, that philosopher Matt Cain said the Giants need “to act like a bunch of little kids.” He meant the Giants need to have fun, baseball, after all, being a game.
When Frank Robinson managed the Giants — Robinson in the Hall of Fame and all that — he had contempt for the have-fun, be-kids approach to ball. He said, correctly, major league baseball is hard and it’s serious. He said the fun in baseball comes from winning, not from acting like kids. He said it’s no fun to lose a bunch of games. He felt the have-fun approach was the sign of a player and a team in trouble. Which pretty much sums up the Giants.