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SF Giants owe fans a better explanation for Correa debacle

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Disaster. Embarrassment. Humiliation. Catastrophe.

Choose one. Choose all four. Pick any word you like and it won’t come close to describing the last 24 hours of the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants had their next face in the franchise, the pivot of their lineup for years to come, the guy who would help restore their reputation on and off the field, and so they just… didn’t.

Carlos Correa is now a Met, all because of a vague medical issue that gave the Giants pause before letting the ink dry on his 13-year contract. A successful offseason has suddenly become a steaming mess, with the Giants completely reeking at adding any star power to an uninspiring roster and Giants fans wondering why they should care any more.

It’s hard to put into words how big of a disaster this situation really is. Giants fans have been conditioned for years to expect to be rejected by any substance free agent, but this was the offseason when everything was to change. Aaron Judge didn’t work out, but signing Correa was a big win. Suddenly, the Giants became long-term, big-money free agent players, with the likes of Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto on the open market horizon.

Now? What free agent is going to seriously consider the Giants if similar deals are on the table? Dropping out of Correa’s deal if the Giants found a serious medical issue is one thing, but all indications are that the concern was over an injury he picked up before he even made the big leagues. It seems the Giants got scared, for whatever reason, and dug up any excuse they could to get out of the contract. Who will trust a team with that reputation?

The Giants themselves could have clarified their side of things with a statement, but instead they released a short synopsis it boiled down to “sorry, HIPAA, what can you do?” with a shrug emoji attached and have remained silent ever since. Oh, that’s not entirely true – the team sent out emails telling people that spring training tickets were on sale.

Could a front office be more deaf? The fan base’s worst fears have been realized, and the Giants’ response is to carry on with business as usual. Incredible.

The offseason is a total and complete failure – perhaps the worst the team has ever experienced in its history. The Giants failed on all counts: they failed to get younger, they failed to get more athletic, they failed to improve their defense, and, perhaps most strikingly, they failed to get more interesting. There’s nobody else on the market with skills comparable to Correa’s – sure, there are a few pieces they could add here or there, but nobody who will make the same kind of impact. No one will touch the needle.

Giants fans are also right to be upset. They have a right to be upset, really. After a week of hype, with I don’t know how many tickets sold under the guise of seeing Correa in orange and black, the rug was completely pulled out from under them in the middle of the night. All the good feelings the Giants created were wiped out in an instant.

And for what? Perhaps there really was an incredibly troubling medical issue, but until we hear otherwise, people will assume the Giants simply got scared at the thought of a 13-year commitment. And their “medical reasons” excuse rings hollow when they’ve just signed Mitch Haniger, who played in just 57 games last year, just like Tommy La Stella and Anthony DeSclafani in previous years. Are you telling me these guys passed their exams with flying colors? Hell, on Wednesday it was reported that the team was interested in Michael Conforto – a guy so injured he hasn’t played in 2022.

But the most frustrating thing is watching the Giants act like a small-market, risk-averse team that has to weigh every decision it makes in dollars and cents. There is, of course, a risk in striking a long-term contract, and Correa is likely to be injured several times over the next 13 years. But so what? Giants are worth BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Your stadium is paid for. Mission Rock is about to start printing money. They play in one of the biggest media markets in the country. And yet, was a $350 million contract too much for them? Ridiculous.

The Giants owe their fans an explanation. They can’t just release a little press release and call it a day. Fans deserve to know what happened and why this team still can’t get anyone important to take their money.

And until they do, fans have every right not to spend a dime of their own on the Giants.

David Tobener (@gggiants on Twitter) is a lifelong Giants fan whose family has owned season tickets for over 30 years. He’s been lucky enough to never miss a World Series game in the city in his entire life, he’s still not quite over 2002, and he lives and dies with the Giants every year.