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San Francisco Giants – 2010 World Series Champions

It’s hard to explain the feelings of a fan who loves his team “just because”.  He knows the good times will be fleeting. He knows he will be hurt time and time again; and he knows he will see others celebrating while he is left wanting.  I am that fan.

It’s never been easy to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants.  Growing up those around me were Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays supporters.  While I had a special place in my heart for the Jays, I was fiercely loyal to my Giants.  I would stay up for the 11PM edition of Sports Desk hoping the Giants would be mentioned in some form or fashion. I would digest all of the scores and stats in the local newspaper.  Finally, in 1989 when the Giants made the World Series I felt euphoric.  Here they were, (along with my favorite player of all time: Will Clark), in the World Series against Oakland.  Unfortunately I was forced to witness two things: heart-break, (via a 4-game sweep by the A’s); and an Earthquake, (one that leveled the Bay area).  That heartbreak stayed with me even after the seismic waves subsided.

There have been many struggles since; their 2002 World Series loss being one of the biggest.  In fact the Giants have not won a World Series since relocating from New York to San Francisco in 1957 (they won last in 1954).

Then along came the “2010 San Francisco Giants.”

Over the last few years their brilliant GM Brian Sabean decided to build around “young pitching.”  Pitchers like Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner.  Along with Jonathan Sanchez they formed arguably the best pitching staff in the majors.

Their offense became a collection of misfits, renegades, unproven rookies, and unwanted players from around the league. World Series MVP Edgar Renteria was told his best days were behind him. Aubrey Huff was acquired early in the season for veteran leadership, (even though many teams passed on him). Buster Posey, a catcher-in-progress, was brought in half way through the year to be a starter; and he is now up for “Rookie of the Year!” Pat Burrell was claimed off waivers after being cut by Tampa Bay, and NLCS MVP Cody Ross was also claimed off waivers after being cut by the Florida Marlins.

This season’s experience and team-motto was “Torture.” However, the Giants motto was “Heart.”  They didn’t spend billions of dollars on over-hyped athletes that fans couldn’t relate to.  They didn’t play a fancy brand of ball that the critics loved.  They were a bunch of guys who nobody wanted and nobody believed in.  They were not only the “under-dog,” they weren’t even considered to be in the race.

This team is our team. This team is us every day of our lives.  They struggled, they made mistakes, and they were told at every turn that “this is the end of the road.”  Yet, like us, they never gave up.  They proved their doubters wrong. These are the true “Boys of Summer!”

I finally learned that love does overcome logic.

Please join me in celebrating the San Francisco Giants as 2010 World Series Champions!!!

 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Good job, and good on you!!! The Giants earned this one, and Mitch on the mound really came into his own. Welcome to the club my man. It must be real hard to be a Giants fan today… SLIIIIME!!!

  • Sharlene

    Wish there were a love button for this piece! A tried and true underdog-lover myself (have to be if you live in TO and cheer for the home teams!), I know the pain and frustration of being disappointed time and time again. To start off the game full of hope and anticipation and to end the game completely deflated, kicking yourself for being such a sucker. I can’t even imagine the elation you must feel! It’s one thing to make the playoffs (I was so proud of those 2007-08 Raptors) but to WIN THE BIG ONE? WOW!!! The Will Clark video truly showed how hard it must have been to be a Giants fan. (Those seats were EMPTY!) So here’s to you and all the other Giants suckers out there – you are officially 100% SUCKA-FREE!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Amazing piece man. I’m really happy for you, as I know this feeling all too well. It brings me back to the Joe Carter days!!! lol I love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    I absolutely love love love the pictures.
    your blog is heartfelt & a real winner!
    glad to be apart of your celebration.
    yahhh world series champs.
    yahhh giants.

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