Nov 12, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT
Not many people know this because not many people can remember being alive in 1882, but the San Francisco Giants weren’t always situated in San Francisco or New York City. There’s a tiny patch of land somewhere in the state of New York that goes by Troy that was once the home of the World Series Champions, and residents still feel as if they had a major league baseball franchise stolen from them because there is not much else to do in their minuscule town besides hold 130-year-old grudges. Now that ‘their’ team has finally captured a championship, the city’s newspaper is demanding that the Giants bring the trophy and all of their players in to celebrate with the team’s original birthplace’s townsfolk at the local ice cream parlor and/or fire station because the town needs some new things to talk about besides how which family’s kid last fell down a well. From the Modesto Bee:
A newspaper based in Troy, N.Y., has launched a campaign pressuring the Giants to bring their 2010 World Series trophy for a visit. After all, The Record claims, the Giants started out as the Troy City Trojans, a charter member of the National League, in 1879.
The newspaper says bringing the World Series trophy to Troy would “right a wrong” committed by Major League Baseball. Apparently somewhere in the fine print was an agreement that major league teams would return to Troy for exhibition games. That never happened.
Obviously Troy, N.Y., population 50,000, needs a little spark and attention. Known as the Collar City because of its textile history, which seems to fit right in with the Giants’ working-man mentality, the city is the hometown of Uncle Sam and baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Evers.
The Giants have a working man mentality? Are you just saying that because it looks like Aubrey Huff would feel much more at home if he worked at a gas station?
Troy, Troy again: NY town beckons Giants [Modesto Bee]
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