The San Francisco Giants captured the 2010 World Series Title on Monday, backed by a stellar pitching performance by Tim Lincecum, and a clutch 3 run homerun by Edgar Renteria. The Giant’s 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers gives the city of San Francisco its first baseball championship since the team moved from New York in 1958.
As a team comprised of over the hill position players and unwanted cast offs from other clubs, the Giants played an old school style of baseball that is lost in the minds of most novice baseball fans. Timely hitting, solid defense, dominant starting pitching, and the league’s top bullpen proved to be the recipe for success. In a league that has been dominated with high budget teams stacked with all-star like rosters, the Giants won it all without a single 30 homerun slugger or MVP candidate.
Long after the parties die out and the confetti has been cleared off Powell and Market Street, baseball fans will view the 2010 World Series as a benchmark for small market and low budget teams. The Giants are the poster child for how a baseball team should be run, with a pitching staff built with young arms from a stellar farm system, and calculated free agent pick ups by a fiscally responsible general manager. In a league that is dominated by large market teams with bottomless pockets and the absence of a salary cap to encourage parity, the band of cast offs and misfits from the bay showed the world that baseball is truly a team sport, and a team cannot just be bought by the Steinbrenners of the world.
Although media pundits and sports talk show hosts will dismiss the series because T.V ratings were low due to the absence of the Yankees and Red Sox, true fans of baseball will view this as a win for the Royals, Twins, and A’s of the baseball world. The Giants proved that baseball is a game that requires heart, determination, and teamwork, which is something that cannot be bought.