The New Bad News Bears?  

The San Francisco Giants baseball team (standing along the vertical white line (otherwise known as the third base line) during the National Anthem during Opening Day pre-game festivities at AT&T Park in San Francisco on April 7, 2008.  The Giants are expected to have a rough season, and they lost their opening home game yesterday, 8-4 to the San Diego Padres.  The Giants have now lost six of their first seven games of what is a 162-game baseball season.  Could the Bad News Bears be any better?  (Photo: Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com)

April 8, 2008


Jackie Earle Haley was a fixture in the Bad News Bears baseball films of the late seventies and early eighties, but how would the Bad News Bears fare against Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants today? 

Or perhaps the more relevant question is, how much do the San Francisco Giants resemble the Bad News Bears?  Although the team is all about business, their 50th anniversary season in San Francisco has been more of a comedy so far.  The team has not scored more than four runs in any of their games so far after just one week of play.  They have scored a grand total of 16 runs in those first seven games for an average of 2.2 runs, while giving up 42 runs in the seven games -- an average of six runs per game.

Since the Giants moved from New York (where they won eight championships) to San Francisco 50 years ago in 1958, they have not won a World Series championship, although they were eight outs away from doing so in 2002.

Yesterday AT&T Park (pictured above) had a record opening day crowd of 42,861 for its stadium, which opened in April 2000.  The crowd yesterday could not rally its team to victory as the Giants lost their opening home game of the new baseball season to the San Diego Padres, 8-4, the second consecutive home opening game loss to the Padres (last year they lost 7-1 to begin the new season.)

The Bad News Bears were bad, but it's hard to imagine that they could be much worse than these Giants.

Fred Lewis, right fielder for the San Francisco Giants racing to catch up with a baseball hit during yesterday's home opening game against San Diego.  He would make the catch before lightly hitting the right-field wall.  (Photo: Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com)

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