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10/24/2014 10:11 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Real Giants Don't Root For San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have millions of fans rooting for them to win the World Series, but real giants don't really care about the team at all.

That's the long and short of it from Igor Vovkovinskiy, 29, who at 7-feet, 8.33-inches is recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest man in the U.S., and George Bell, a 7-foot-8, former Harlem Globetrotter.

Neither Vovkovinskiy nor Bell have been following the Giants, and they don't have a big interest in the World Series.

"To be honest, I haven't watched baseball in a few years," Vovkovinskiy told HuffPost. "It's too slow. I prefer hockey, football or soccer."

Unlike Native Americans who say the Washington Redskins' team name is a racial slur, Bell is not offended by the Bay Area baseball club.

"To me, some team mascots that are named after different ethnic groups are named after their actual cultural name and I don't think there's anything wrong with that," he told HuffPost.

Neither does Vovkovinskiy.

"[The team name] doesn't bother me at all," he said.

However, that doesn't mean he doesn't have a short fuse over certain matters. Back in 2012, Vovkovinskiy was angered when a newscaster in Minneapolis compared him to an 87.5-inch lake sturgeon.

"It's demeaning being compared to a fish, especially because they used a clip from an earlier story by the station about me that was a meaningful human interest story," Vovkovinskiy told The Huffington Post back then.

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Three Giants: 7-foot-8 George Bell; San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, and 7-foot-8 Igor Vovkovinskiy.

San Francisco's star catcher Buster Posey and the other Giants aren't getting much love from 7-foot-4 Dave Rasmussen, who hails from Milwaukee.

"I'm aligned with the Brewers and the Royals have six former Brewers so I'm rooting for them," he told HuffPost.

While real-life giants aren't rooting for San Francisco, some so-called nobility aren't supporting the Kansas City Royals either.

Count Jeffrey Grimshaw, a Vermonter who purchased his English title for around $400 back in 2003, says he stopped rooting for the Kansas City baseball club after the George Brett era in the 1980s.

"Once upon a time I was a huge Royals fan -- in the George Brett era and my personal anti-Yankees era," he told HuffPost by email. "Then the Royals fell so low and became so pitiful for so long, they were simply beyond embracing. I don't follow MLB much any more. Bud Selig has been so bad for the sport that I just can't embrace it after the folly of the PED era."

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