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‘The Franchise’ Episode 5: It’s Getting Worse And Worse

Am I expecting too much, or are the people at Showtime just running out of content? Please tell me. I said last week that the fourth installment of “The Franchise” left something to be desired.

This week, it was even worse.

This most recent episode of “The Franchise: A Season With The San Francisco Giants” had all the makings of fantastic television.

The brawl with the Philadelphia Phillies

A close division race as the season winds down.

Aaron Rowand’s two-time struggle dealing with a broken face, something that was aforementioned.

The result? Extremely lacking.

I think Friday’s brawl was the subject that most fans of the show were eagerly anticipating in this episode. I know I was. Luckily for us, it was mentioned. But that’s all it was — a mention. Nothing insightful was given. Unlike what I expected, no curse words from anyone during the fight were added. With so many players miked up, how can there be nothing entertaining to share with the world from that incident??? I have to think the Giants struck down any “conversations” that took place during the scrum from making the final cut.

The most entertaining tidbit associated with the fight that came from a radio show caller who said, “Eli Whiteside looked like he was ready to fight Kimbo Slice.” When asked after the game, Whiteside said “no comment” about the fight, and Shane Victorino said he thought Ramon Ramirez — you know, the “illegal alien” — meant to throw at him. But I wanted so much more. And it’s too bad that it wasn’t given to us.

  • The Giants’ home series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Aug. 1-3, is showcased. San Francisco loses two out of three games. Unfortunately, nothing much to add here.
  •  Where did the Aaron Rowand storyline venture? It was teased at the end of Episode 4; maybe it’ll be around next week, but I was really looking forward to it tonight, and it passed with a word.
  • This episode talked some more about Ryan Vogelsong’s incredible season. That’s all fine and dandy, but in all honesty, we’ve heard enough about that. Granted, this episode gave us a lot of footage of his very beautiful wife, there’s not much more that can be gleaned from his 2011 season that can be considered new and informative.
  • For me, the best part of the episode centered around Andres Torres. He is a player who was a major factor during the 2010 season, and he is struggling this year. He talked about growing up without shoes in Puerto Rico, but he became a track star somehow. He spent 11 years in the minors before finally busting out at the MLB level as a 32-year-old. Of himself, Torres said, “I was a good athlete … but I didn’t know how to hit.”

Torres’ extremely affable ways toward everyone he runs into is contrasted by with frustrations during this season. We are given a peek into what Carlos Beltran, a fellow Puerto Rican, tried to teach him to get him out of his season-long slump. He works with Torres’ swing, trying to get him to go up the middle more.

More than anything that is said to Torres, you realize during this lesson that Carlos Beltran has ridiculous hand-eye coordination. He’s swinging a bat with one hand, either hand, like it’s nothing.

  • Orlando Cabrera comes on board. His experience with many teams that made the playoffs is analyzed, but not very deeply.

The preview for next week’s episode contained the meaning behind Brian Wilson’s cross-arm salute to his deceased father and their relationship. Wilson is always so wacky that I love it when he just talks like a normal person with actual feelings. I hope he goes deep into his thoughts about his father; people don’t get to see that side of him enough.

But I thought we would get to see Rowand break his face this week and that didn’t happen, so who knows if Wilson’s story will actually be shown. At this point, I’m too disappointed in this week’s episode to care.

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