"Well, here we go."The Franchise is a Reality Show currently airing on Showtime as of August 2011. Its first season followed the 2011 season of the San Francisco Giants, after their 2010 season, which culminated in them winning the World Series. The second season follows the 2012 season of the Miami Marlins, who recently moved to a new stadium, bought an influx of new talent, and have renamed their team from the Florida Marlins. The series currently has a 'preview episode' and eight standard episodes, and each episode focuses on one or two players on the squad, going deeper into their life stories and current problems.
—Tim Lincecum, "Season One, Preview Episode"
The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants provides examples of:
- Badass Beard: Brian Wilson.
- Big Game: Pretty much Once an Episode.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A couple of times, the most notable so far being the Giants losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2.
- A Day in the Limelight: One of the selling points of the show - no one is too big or too small to be featured.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Tim Lincecum becomes aware of a camera watching him as he offhandedly sings a bar of "Last Friday Night" in the clubhouse. He quickly stops.
- Down to the Last Play: Played straight and subverted on numerous occasions.
- High-School Sweethearts: Buster Posey and his wife.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Between the 25-odd members of the team, the minor leaguers who bounce back and forth between the Giants and Triple-A, and everyone's families, there are a ton of people to keep track of.
- Manly Tears: Brandon Belt, during his meeting with manager Bruce Bochy, where he is informed he's made the starting lineup for Opening Day.
- Mr. Fanservice: You'll probably find someone on the team attractive.
- Opposing Sports Team: Duh.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The 2010 Giants team is referred to as such a few times, being cobbled together from castoffs from other teams, a few new kids, and a couple of eccentrics.
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- Real Men Wear Pink: Brian Wilson.
- Save Our Team: Worked pretty well for the Giants in 2010, but, as the show documents, isn't working as well for them in 2011.
- Serious Business: Dominoes, apparently.
- Shirtless Scene: Since about 50% of the show takes place in a locker room...
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Dominoes, bitches."
- Those Two Guys: Aubrey Huff and Mark De Rosa inadvertently become this when sitting the bench during a game. Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson could also count.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Played very straight during the 2010 Postseason.
- Unfortunate Names: Poor Madison Bumgarner. Lincecum isn't the greatest last name in the world, either.
The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins provides examples of:
- Cluster F-Bomb: In the opening scene of the first episode alone, Ozzie Guillen is clocked at 97 F-bombs during an inspirational speech.
- Down to the Last Play: Heath Bell's struggles closing games often result in this, for better or worse.
- From Bad to Worse: Again, Heath Bell's struggles, to the point where he says that his team is great and "I suck".
- Gory Discretion Shot: Averted with Giancarlo Stanton's knee surgery.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: As with the first season.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Really, Ozzie, how did you think saying you loved Fidel Castro was going to go over IN SOUTH FLORIDA?
- Shirtless Scene: Again, as with the first season.
- Those Two Guys: Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are portrayed as this. The media in Florida played it differently when Reyes arrived from New York.