Monday, November 01, 2010

Congrats, Giants: World Series Champs

Congratulations to San Francisco Giants fans on their World Series title.

You had a likable team, built on terrific homegrown starting pitchers who elevated their performance in October. Tim Lincecum's 8-inning, 10-K start in Game 5 will be instantly immortalized within the fan base -- even baseball history.

Speaking on Lincecum, he now has that coveted championship to go with his multiple Cy Young awards and status as one of the best -- if not the best -- pitcher in his league. No matter what else happens in his career, he has this singular intersection of talent and title.

Buster Posey enjoys a spoiler of a rookie season: Posey should give Cal Ripken Jr. a call about early-career uber-success, and how to savor it -- not to take it for granted. This may be it.

1954 -- the last time the Giants won the World Series -- was a long time ago. Anyone less than retirement age of 65 or older has no recollection of the Giants as a world champ.

Speaking of which, you know who I'm most fascinated by? Edgar Renteria, the 34-year-old shortstop who won a title in his 2nd full year in the majors in 1997 at age 20, then an NL pennant at age 27 with the Cards, and now a career bookend world championship with the Giants, with 2 huge HRs in the World Series -- including the decisive 3-run shot in Game 5 that earned him the honor of World Series MVP. Love the heroes in their mid-30s!

Lincecum. Cain. Bumgarner. Posey. Uribe. Ross. Renteria. Wilson. For Giants fans, they are instantly immortal. This accounting of instant history is my favorite part of every World Series.

Congratulations, Giants fans. Enjoy it -- not just now, but for years to come.

-- D.S.

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