They are going back there again, the World Series, those San Francisco Giants. They should just go ahead and have the post office change their address to “Fall Classic-USA”.
You can talk all you want about the Dodgers money spent, the Yankees eras under Steinbrenner, the Evil Empire Red Sox, but what San Francisco has accomplished is something to behold.
A third World Series appearance in a five year span. Bruce Bochy, a manager found wanting in San Diego, going after his third World Series ring, that might guarantee this backup catcher a Hall of Flame plaque in Cooperstown. Brian Sabean, the longest tenured-least likely known GM in baseball, does it again.
San Francisco is a combination of home grown fruits off the farm, mixed with a generous portion of role playing free agents from the open market, mixed and mastered by a smart button pushing manager, and then scented with sellout after sellout from fans wearing Orange and Panda Bear headdress.
Giants baseball is really something special.
Buster Posey is a World Series MVP. Pablo Sandoval, aka Panda Bear, is fast moving, pudgy free swinging 3rd baseman. Madison Bumgarner, the ace pitcher, looks like a clone of Clayton Kershaw.
They have a bearded eclectic bullpen made up of Sergio Romo, Santiago Casillas, Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt.
The franchise has survived the loss of heavy duty starter Matt Cain to elbow surgery, and Tim Lincecum, now shunted to long relief.
But the real secret is the formula for free agents and players acquired in trades.. This year’s version of Michael Morse, is no different than past veterans acquired by that General Manager. Just think back to key guys each of the last group of years, who made a difference.
Hunter Pence, Andres Torres, Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, Cody Ross, and even the return of Travis Ishakawara.
So San Francisco is ready to meet the upstart Kansas City Royals. Whereas those guys in Orange are here for the third time in five season, the Royal blue boys are making their first appearance here since the halcyon days of George Brett in 1985.
Very few expected this from San Francisco. No one expected this from Kansas City.
But know this, the reason the Giants are back, same time, same place, late October, is because of those two guys, Sabean-Bochy. The real giants amongst the Giants.