Giants 2nd World Series title makes for 21st century dynasty
The 2012 San Francisco Giants overcame every single obstacle that was put in their base-paths, formed a locker-room and dugout chemistry that created a winning atmosphere and became one of the all-time great Major League Baseball teams.
Two years after the 2010 Giants captured the first World Series title in their at-the-time 52-year San Francisco history, they are, again, world champions.
But their title-journeys took somewhat different paths, though pitching was, again, the main fuel, with these 2012 San Francisco champions clearing all the bags, in dramatic style, on their title-run.
Here, in order of their 2012 round-trip to the world crown:
First-base – winning the National League West title.
Second-base – rallying from a two-game deficit to stun the Cincinnati Reds three-straight in a best-of-five playoff series.
Third-base – again rallying back, this time from a three-to-one-game deficit to dethrone the St. Louis Cardinals by winning three straight in the best-of-seven-game series and claim the NL pennant.
Home-plate – crossing the dish in glorious, sweeping fashion by defeating the Detroit Tigers four straight dominating games, including back-to-back shutouts, in winning the World Series.
Now, in the aftermath of three World Series appearances in 10 years, and two World Series championships in three seasons, we can say, without doubt, that the San Francisco Giants of the 21st century have a dynasty going.
With the parity between so many teams in the past two-plus decades of expanded Major League Baseball, multiple World Series champions have become rare compared to the not-so-distant past because of expanded playoffs, and that dangerous wild-card team that rides late-season momentum all the way to a world title.
So, where San Francisco stands now, why not talk about a baseball dynasty given the premier pitching staff returning with a former lights-out closer to go with the current lights-out closer; a field full of top-flight defensive players; a constantly improving offense; and, of course, the best manager, coaching staff and front office.
The Giants are the kings of the baseball world now, as they were just two short years ago, and with all their character players, young talent and leadership, a third title in a four-year span is not dreaming – it’s called a dynasty.