3 Reasons Why San Francisco Giants Fans Should Be Thankful
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on how truly grateful and thankful we are – whether it’s thankful for the people we have in our lives, thankful for the good fortunes that may have come our way during the year, or we could be thankful for what’s to come. But most important, we are forever grateful and thankful for the game of baseball.
As a San Francisco Giants fan, 2013 was not the greatest of years. Coming off a World Series title in 2012, the Giants had a subpar 2013 season that was filled with injuries to key players, and other not living up to expectations. But in the larger picture, Giants fans have plenty to be thankful for.
Here are 3 reasons why Giants fans should be thankful:
1. and 1a. 2010 and 2012 World Series Titles:
The Giants moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958, and it only took 52 years for them to bring a World Series title home, yet alone two in three years. 2010 was a magical year, appropriately dubbed the year of “torture,” as the Giants made there loyal fan base watch close, grueling games throughout the season. It even took the Giants till the last game of the season to clinch the NL West Division and a berth to the postseason. With a team filled of castoff and misfits, the Giants powered their way through the postseason and onto the World Series, where they would beat the mighty Texas Rangers in 5 games. If you were to ask me what is the greatest day of my life, depending on how far away my wife is standing from me, I would answer November 1st, 2010, the day the Giants won Game 5 of the 2010 World Series (I kid, I kid, I’m not that crazy of a fan – wink, wink).
The 2012 World Series title was special in its own right. Though the streak was over and a title was brought home, the Giants once again grinded and fought their way through a tough postseason, as they had to win six elimination games in order to make it to the World Series. Making it was one thing, but once there, the Giants had to face the Detroit Tigers, who only featured the reigning AL MVP and CY Young Award winner in Justin Verlander and the Triple-Crown Award winner and eventual MVP winner in Miguel Cabrera. Facing a tough task, the Giants overcame the many skeptics who counted them out and wrote them off of having any chance of beating the Tigers, the Giants not only prevailed and won the World Series, but did so in a sweep.
The Giants have a rich baseball history, having 66 representatives in the Baseball Hall of Fame, more than any other team in the history of baseball. Some of the greats who are donning the orange and black in Baseball’s Hall of Fame are Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Monte, Irvin, John McGraw, Mel Ott, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, and of course, the great Willie Mays.
Many baseball writers and historians regard Mays as the greatest all-around baseball player to have ever played the game. The first “five-tool” player, Mays was a transcendent player who was way ahead of his time skills wise. Still alive, Mays has become a true ambassador for the Giants and the game of baseball.
Of course, I would be hard pressed to mention one player who us Giants fan beloved, though many in baseball detest. While he may have had his faults in dealing with the media and an alleged PED scandal, there is no denying the greatest that is Barry Bonds. Bonds holds the baseball record for most home runs hit in a season and the most home runs ever hit, period. Arguably the best hitter of our generation, time will tell whether or not the old-school voters of the Baseball Hall of Fame will recognize Bonds for his accomplishments and greatest, but we will have eyes and we were all a witness to what Bonds was able to do on the baseball field.
3. AT&T Park:
Regarded by many in baseball as the best stadium and venue, there is no better place to watch a baseball game than at AT&T Park, and I couldn’t agree more. Every time I walk into AT&T Park I feel like I’m walking into my vacation home. I walk through the main gates at 24 Willie Mays Plaza and I find myself always saying, “I need to spend more time here.” I walk in and its pure bliss. I know where everything is and it remains the same, just as I left it. The scenery and atmosphere are electric, and nothing puts me in a bad mood while I am there. I have a constant smile on my face from the moment I walk in till the moment I leave. And like a great vacation home, every time I leave AT&T Park I always find myself saying, “I need to spend more time here.”