On paper, the San Francisco Giants look like a collection of stud pitchers surrounded by castoff positions players.
That’s not an inaccurate description, excluding catcher Buster Posey, of course. And with this cast of unlikely players, the Giants are World Series champs, beating Cliff Lee for the second time in the series and knocking off the Texas Rangers in five games Monday.
It was San Francisco’s first World Series title, and the first for the Giants since 1954, when they called the Polo Grounds in New York home.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum was dominant in out-dueling Lee after tossing a ho-hum performance in Game 1, which was also a Giants’ win. San Fran’s core starters of Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner or going to make this team formidable for years to come.
But don’t dismiss these position players too quickly either. Let’s take a look:
- Aubrey Huff is playing for his fifth team in five years and probably never dreamed he’d be a No. 3 hitter for a World Series championship team. Yet he hit .290 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs in the regular season.
- World Series MVP Edgar Renteria is playing for his fifth team in seven years. But for the second time in his career, he came up with a big hit in a clinching game. In 1997, Renteria’s liner up the middle in extra innings vaulted the Florida Marlins to their first championship. This time around, his three-run homer in the seventh inning was all of the offense Lincecum needed.
- Postseason hero Cody Ross was picked up off waivers from the Marlins in August. All he’s done is hit nearly .300 in the playoffs with five homers.
I could go on and on and on, but you get the point. That point being this is a pretty easy team to cheer for, which is a far cry from the ones that Barry Bonds led to a National League pennant nearly a decade ago.
And while Bonds will be remembered somewhat infamously, the Giants can forget about that era of baseball and savor a long-awaited title.