Never thought I'd be able to say this, but now I can: The San Francisco Giants are champions of the world.
I know this blog is a little late, but it sure as hell isn't if you're from the Bay Area. Heck, if I were to write this article 10 years from now it still wouldn't be too late. San Francisco, the most underrated baseball city in the country finally has a champion to celebrate.
This championship means as much to Giants fans as the 2004 Red Sox team meant to it's fans. And i'll tell you why.
People don't really realize it, but baseball is HUGE in San Francisco. When people think about the best baseball fans in the country, New York, Boston and Philly all immediately come to mind. But what the media have always overlooked, is San Francisco. When the Giants got a new ballpark in 2001, Pacific Bell Park at the time, the team sold out the first 4 years worth of games before the first pitch of the season was thrown. Fans were willing to put up with Candlestick park, the coldest place in America it seems, even when the team sucked.
Generations of Giants fans never got to see the team win a championship in San Francisco, similar to Boston. And it's not like the team just sucked that whole time either. The Giants had to tempt their fans, they had to let us sniff it, so close, we could practically ****. But no. 1968, 1989, and of course, 2002, all World Series losses for Los Gigantes. But that's not all!
The Giants in the late 60's and early 70's fielded a team that would eventually produce 5 Hall of Famers. Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, and Juan Marichal. All were on the same team for multiple years, but never won. In fact, they won 100+ games on multiple occasions but didn't make the playoffs due to a lack of the wild card. Worse yet, we had to watch Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers edge us out year after year to win the division. I would argue that the Giants are the sole reason for the wild card being implemented.
This championship means more to San Francisco than anyone could comprehend. This is beyond just 5 decades worth of frustration. Beyond just loved ones young and old celebrating the Bay Area's first champion since 1994. Beyond just generations worth of fans who never got to feel this feeling. This is something that literally united over a million people on one day to celebrate in the streets of San Francisco this past Wednesday. And yes, of course I was there for those of you wondering.
This is burying all the bad memories of the last 52 years. Burying all the embarassing losses, and frustrating finishes. Burying the Barry Bonds era that brought a negative light to the Giants organization for so many years.
This Championship is so incredible for infinite reasons. Of all the Giants teams in the last 52 years who would've thought the World Series heroes would be the likes of Edgar Renteria, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Andres Torres, and Tim Lincecum. All those guys have something that Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, and Juan Marichal don't have. And that is a World Series Champions ring from San Francisco.
My dad cried when Brian Wilson blew a high fastball by Nelson Cruz. My mom couldn't stop saying to herself "Edgar ****ing Renteria won us the World Series", and I couldn't stop jumping up and down like a little kid screaming "We did it! We did it!".
I was listening to the local radio yesterday, and two of my favorite broadcasters were discussing the Giants historic win. And all of a sudden there was a pause. And after about 5 seconds of this, one of them said, "Did the Giants really win the World Series?" Yes, yes they did.
I think it's a shame that this World Series wasn't even televised in New York and Philly unless of course you paid for it. I think it's horrible that the east coast media hasn't and never will give the 2010 Giants their credit. I think it's a shame that 50% of the country was dissapointed in the Giants/Rangers matchup. But honestly, none of that really matters to me. Because for the first time in my life, one of my teams won a championship (excluding the 1994 Niners, I was 2).
Let me say this one last time (in this blog at least): The San Francisco Giants are World Champions