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Are the 2010 San Francisco Giants baseball's All-Time WORST World Champion?


I know, I know. I'm writing this as a still-bitter Phillies fan who feels that WE Why didn't Pat Burrell run THAT fast when he was on the Phillies? Photo: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.parantar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/San-Francisco-Giants-600x348.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.parantar.com/2010/11/san-francisco-giants-parade-celebration-on-mlb-championship/5995&usg=__MBANoL0bEr3qY9xxxKqyd8nH8BA=&h=348&w=600&sz=88&hl=en&start=12&sig2=yZ8kLEytFcDt2-1W284frQ&zoom=0&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=jXCBNiJjXXdyQM:&tbnh=78&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgiants%2Bparade%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4HPIA_enUS311US311%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=gPDSTLbFAYGClAeCucHFDgshould have been celebrating a parade Wednesday afternoon. You know, the parade they had in San Francisco, which featured Rob Schneider. Yeah, Deuce Bigalow himself, who wore a Tampa Bay Rays hat at Citizens Bank Park during the 2008 World Series.

I don't care WHERE he grew up, he was wearing a Rays hat. Unacceptable.

Anyhow, despite my anger regarding the Phillies being denied another chance to raise their second trophy in three years, I am looking at this recent turn of events objectively. And at the end of the day, it's REALLY hard not to find a more unlikely and forgettable world championship team than the 2010 San Francisco Giants. They beat up on weak NL West teams such as the light-hitting Padres, who were in first place for most of the year before collapsing, the Dodgers (insert punchline here), and a Rockies team who got hot, but it was too late.

I love your city San Francisco, and to say YOUR Giants team is rich in tradition is a vast understatement. In saying that, there's something wrong with the fact that there isn't a single player on this current team who could wash Will Clark's jock strap let alone Candy Maldonato's or even Jeffrey Leonard's.

I must admit, the Cable Car Parade was pretty neat. And Willie Mays and Willie McCovey  taking part in the parade was a nice touch. However, let's call it as we see it. HOW many of your starting lineup will even be with the team next year? Or in two years? This is like a low-rent 1997 Florida Marlins. The ONLY reason this team will be in contention next year is because of your starters. The real question is which forgettable World Series winner are you guys most compatible with?

The 1987 Twins? Possibly, but they won again in 1991 (albeit with a turnover). The 2006 Cardinals? Maybe, but they made the 2004 series, and almost made it back in 2005. The 1988 Dodgers? They had the league's Cy Young Award Winner (Orel Hershiser) and MVP (Kirk Gibson). The 2000 Yankees? It WAS their third title in a row. The 2003 Marlins? Well, they WERE just as obnoxious as the Giants. Brian Wilson? Come on, you can't even argue THAT.Brian Wilson: Fear the mohawk. Photo: http://www.baynews9.com/images/apimages/World_Series_Parade_Baseball.sff-e786f920-bf71-46b9-ab91-85dec0e587e1.jpg

Here is where the emails and comments from Giants fans will come rolling in. You know, emails from fans who send me messages about how "Jose Lopez" shut the Phillies down (For the record, it's Javier Lopez). Phillies fans have been called arrogant and self-serving by the "Haight-Ashbury crowd." Please, as Phillies fans we haven't won enough to be considered arrogant or self-serving, and neither have you.

Let me take you back almost 20 years ago. If you actually watched the Giants back then, you may even remember this:

It was 1993. The Phillies literally came out of nowhere to win the National League East. Since the team was 4-8 against YOUR Giants that year, us Philadelphians really weren't enthusiastic about playing Barry Bonds and Co. come playoff time. To make a long story short, you guys went home with 103 wins and nothing to show for it, and the Phils upset the Braves in the NLCS.

So what is the moral of the story? I might be a die-hard Phillies fan, but even I will go to my grave knowing that there was absolutely no way in hell that the '93 Phillies team should have beaten the almighty powerhouse Braves. So be humble if only for a split second and at least admit that, because these emails of you guys bragging how you knew there was no way the Phillies were going to beat you guys is pure nonsense. Your pitching is spectacular, but your hitting is not. And the fact that you guys outhit the Phillies is more of an embarrassment on our part than a credit to your lineup. The Phillies had the best record in baseball and were picked by experts as well as Vegas to win the World Series again. Even Juan Marichal implied that the Giants' REAL World Series was against the Phillies. To make matters worse, the Rangers (including Cliff Lee) fell apart worse than the Phillies did. And again, the fact that you beat that team by scores of 11-7 and 9-0 should have you counting your blessings in the Saint Ignatius Chapel as opposed to walking around waving your pennants saying "Never a doubt." That alone is worth five Hail Marys.

You can't honestly say you were cheering for Pablo Sandoval (who layed a bomb on the left side of your infield) during 2010. Or while were at it, even Edgar Renteria for that matter, who was injured this season and hit all of three home runs. Cody Ross hasn't even been on the team long enough for you to know who waived him in August, and the Giants are paying Aaron Rowand $27 million to sit the bench. Pat Burrell  has more World Series rings than World Series hits. There is absolutely NO way that platoon system of six players will get those timely hits again. Maybe I'm wrong, and I will eat crow if I am. Enjoy these guys now, because free agency is here and some of your "heroes" (who some of you probably rooted for during the course of just six weeks) will be gone. Eventually, you have to pay "Palmer," "McNally," and "Cuellar" the money they deserve. And for all you people out there who worship at the church of Madison Bumgarner, don't get too high on him just yet. I have two words for you: John Stuper.

As I've said, the Giants will probably make the playoffs again in 2011 because the NL West is less than spectacular, but the magic will be gone. And if the Phillies remember how to hit again, they are going to be the ones dancing on your field this time.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com