Their long-time rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, were kind of a mess. After failing to capitalize on two repeat NLCS appearances, the Dodgers finished the 2010 season with a losing record, a an owner in a Divorce, and a bunch of money spent on the Chicago White Sox outfield.
Let's not even talk of Matt Kemp's 2010 season.
Fast forward to 2012.
The Giants are 4.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers and a game below .500. Their catcher, Buster Posey has moved to first base. Meanwhile, the Dodgers "young" rookie catcher is out OPSing Posey and is tough enough to continue playing the position.
Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers recently crowned Cy Young Award winner went 4-0 against Tim Lincecum last year, and has continued his dominance while The Freak proves that he may be The Fluke after all, with an era above 5. Meanwhile, Brian Wilson is likely out for his career while Kenley Jansen continues to absolutely dazzle.
The Dodgers of 2012 are full of optimism. They ended 2011 on a very strong note, and started off 2012 with the news that Magic Johnson, the greatest sports star that the state of California has ever seen, would be taking over as owner of team.
Let's not even talk of Matt Kemp's 2011 & 2012 season.
So yeah, let's be fair to old Hank and the Gnats fans. Of course they're bitter & miserable. For a few short years, they mattered, and now they don't again. It's only natural that they'd hate us like they do.