Someday, all of America may identify itself with these four icons. For now, the conflation begins with the first and last items in the Bay Area and Scottsdale, Arizona, with a poetry collection about the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series championship season, O, Gigantic Victory! by Steve Hermanos, a real-estate agent and recovering cancer patient.
We were afraid that all of the various factors, as laid out by the Tucson Citizen, would coalesce into a gooey wad of Hallmark hagiography. But Hermanos preserves the wryness and frustration of true fans over the age of twelve, commenting on pitcher Barry Zito’s making out like a bandit and on “These Shrunken Men” of the post-steroids era. The work ultimately shows promise and is enough of an accessible hoot to give to Giants-loving non-poetry readers in your lives.