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Sorry, L.A. Times, the Giants are Still Champions


As I’ve written before (and you’ll see it in my book), the Los Angeles Times is a high-quality newspaper. In an era where papers are dying, this one continues to inform, entertain and, occasionally, make mistakes.

This is a subtle one, so I doubt anyone will notify the editors and request a correction. In the Sept. 30, 2015 sports section, the paper dutifully covered the Dodgers winning the National League West division onClayton Kershaw’s one-hitter.

“Retiring the final 19 batters,” one paragraph began, “Kershaw delivered his most dominating performance of the season in what was arguably his most important start, throwing a one-hit shutout to officially end the Giants’ reign as World Series champions.”

Wait a minute here. Just because the Giants were eliminated from the postseason doesn’t mean their reign is over. They are, and will continue to be, the World Series champions until a new team wins it, which will be sometime in late October or early November.

What the article should have said was, “… officially end the Giants’ defense of their World Series championship.”

Understand, I am a Dodger fan, so the Giants winning the World Series is always bad, and being eliminated is always good — and being eliminated by the Dodgers in San Francisco to the tune of 8-0 is really, really good.

But it’s still incorrect to say the reign is over. This is like saying a presidential candidate who wins the election in November is the president on that November day. In truth, he or she doesn’t take office until Jan. 20, so between the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (Election Day) and Jan. 20, the sitting president remains president.

But at least now I can count the days until the Giants’ reign is over.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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