Friday, June 29, 2007

Murphy's or Finagle's Law...Whatever, it's the 2007 Giants

The 20007 season for the San Francisco Giants has been like Murphy's Law. "Anything that can go wrong will."

In Wednesday's game vs. the San Diego Padres, there was a routine grounder that somehow found it's way under Kevin Frandsen's glove and those who witnessed the play had a hard time believing what they had seen. Those being Giant's broadcasters Jon Miller and Dave Fleming.

On Friday night Dave Roberts had a pop up hit off of his glove with two out and the runners moving, both scoring to make the 2-1 Giants' lead into a 3-2 deficit.

These are just a couple of plays that have afflicted the Giants recently but overall the 2007 season has had it's peculiarities and it has been frustrating, to say the least.

I don't think it has anything to do with Mike Murphy, the onetime San Francisco Seals' bat boy from 1954-1957. He then became the visiting clubhouse assistant from 1960 up until 1980, when he was named Equipment Manager. He is fondly known by former and current Giants as "Murph," a guy who is recognized as the best at what he does. Nope, Mike Murphy has nothing to do with Murphy's Law, it's just a coincidence that his surname is Murphy.

Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives is a running joke that involved the worship of the dread god Finagle and his mad prophet Murphy. Some technical and scientific cultures (e.g. paleontologists) know it under the name of "Sod's Law," (more common in Great Britain).

Hanlon's Razor, a corollary of Finagle's Law is "never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

(Note: Finagle,Sod and Hanlon all have a link of some kind to Murphy's Law. If interested, you can look up Murphy's Law and you would find more names that have some sort of affiliation with the bit of folklore. They were not included in the aforementioned in efforts to keep it brief.)

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