In between watching Sesame Street and playing with my son I actually managed to watch a little baseball and it’s time to tip my cap to the world champion Giants. I never thought I’d say that.
I hope Giants fans are partying like rock stars, you earned it after all these years.
* If Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria retires he went out with style. World Series MVP? You gotta be kidding me. And his contribution to a World Series winner allows general manager Brian Sabean to get something out of that stupid contract he signed Renteria to a couple of years ago.
* I didn’t give the Giants enough credit when I guessed how long it would take them to match Oakland’s 4 World Series titles. At this pace they’ll get there around 2166.
* Even with Sabean regularly handing out bad contracts like they’re candy the Giants are poised to be a dangerous playoff threat for the next few years thanks to that amazing pitching staff and Buster Posey. San Francisco may not have as much money as the Red Sox or Yankees but they’re still a team with relatively deep pockets that can withstand some of Sabean’s dumber moves (see Zito, Barry and Rowand, Aaron).
* The Rangers made some nice moves to get this far and they’re also in a position to remain a contender for the next several years. Their starting position players should have a few strong years left in them and Texas’ big money TV deal gives them more than enough cash to fill in any holes they have. General manager Jon Daniels may be one of the youngest front office executives in the game but he’s also proven himself to be on of the smartest.
* When it comes to delivering a World Series title to San Francisco, wrap your head around this: Willie Mays couldn’t do it, Barry Bonds couldn’t do it, but Cody Ross did it. Cody Freakin’ Ross, World Series cleanup hitter. Underdog stories like that are one of the reasons you have to love baseball.
* I bet that several years from now people are going to look back at the position players on the Giants’ World Series roster and shake their heads that these guys hammered Cliff Lee and won a title. It’s been an incredible display of guts, luck, determination and a hot streak at the best possible time over the past month.
* Is there anything the A’s can learn from the Giants’ World Series win? Ugh, I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth while writing that. But you have to size up what winning teams are doing to see if there’s anything you can use to your advantage, it’s just smart business. In the end, I don’t think there is anything productive the A’s can take away from sizing up this year’s world champion.
The Giants drafted and developed a core group of players, namely their pitching staff, and they filled in their roster with some veteran players who paid off big. It’s nothing the A’s haven’t done in the past and it’s exactly what they’re trying to do at the moment.
Some teams, like the Giants, run into a player like Brooks Conrad in the first round and get a helping hand making it to the league championship series while other teams, like the A’s, run into the juggernauts like the Yankees and Red Sox and blow leads while choking in the division series.
All you can do is put yourself in a position to make the playoffs and see what happens once you get into a short series. The Giants got great pitching, hot hitting and some breaks at the perfect time and now a hard-earned championship flag will fly over AT&T Park forever.