Before I pay tribute to the San Francisco Giants, let us revel once more in the beautiful following phrase:
- 2010 San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions. -
This may be the greatest phrase I have ever read, written, or spoken.
And with that, I want to thank everyone associated with the Giants. From the youngest of fans to those who paved the way all the way back in New York.
My story is not one of the longest tenure or most unique scenario. While I loved the 49ers around 5 years old (1989), it wasn't until I was 9 years old (in 1993) when I caught the most severe case of "Giants Fever." I have yet (and never will) become immune to this fever. I am an insatiable 3rd generation Giants fan, and I bleed as much orange and black as I do 49ers red & gold. Back in grade school I would watch every game I possibly could. Any game I couldn't watch on TV I would listen to on the radio. I would intently read the local sports page (Sacramento Bee) every day, and by the end of that season I felt like I had been both a baseball and Giants fan for decades. Who needed to do homework when you could obsess with baseball? I couldn't miss a pitch, and I had to watch every move by my hero Matt Williams.
And with that, I owe as much to Peter McGowan as any Giants fan. He truly saved this franchise from leaving, and I never would have had to opportunity to catch the fever without what he was able to do for this franchise. I suppose you could say I am a child of that re-born '93 team. I was born a Giants fan with Clark, Williams, Thompson, Burkett, Swift, Beck, Bonds, and Baker.
And how fitting is this 2010 team? We all suffered and celebrated our wondrous "torture." For me, that torture started at the end of 1993. We all knew that was an amazing team. Hell, you could argue it was the best team in baseball that season, yet something was missing: A playoff berth. For many people, this continued the long-term struggles from an up and down franchise that could get so close only to have the rug ripped from beneath their feet (let alone fear of having the entire franchise ripped from their city). But for this kid, 1993 lit a ravenous fire. My blood boiled, and it boiled pure orange and black.
And for me the rest is history. I love this franchise like none other. The depth of history, the flood of Hall of Fame individuals, the historic teams, the tremendous stories that span the Giants franchise back to the 19th century, the best-in-baseball broadcasters, and every exciting moment will always be embroidered in my mind, heart, and spirit.
This 2010 team means everything to me, from the aforementioned 1993 squad to the 1997 squad or the 2002 heartbreak to the post-Bonds struggles. And yet I can only imagine what it means to the longest tenured fans. Those that had the fever to date back from 1989 to the miserable '70's, or 1962, and especially those that endured the move from New York to San Francisco.
Not only am I paying homage to the Giants, but to all of you fellow fans. For my money, we are the best fan base in all of baseball (no disrespect to the others, because there are many great baseball fans). I am so happy to share this with you guys and with my family. If you bleed orange and black, it doesn't matter if you are 8 or 80, black, white, brown, yellow, or red. It doesn't matter if you're a bay area native or from Sacramento, Stockton, Chico, Reno, southern California or another region entirely: Our love of the orange and black makes us one.
I love all of you guys, and I really, truly love the San Francisco Giants. I'm not one to cry at all, but I have shed tears dozens of times since Brian Wilson's final pitch of the World Series. This team has shattered my hard exterior and affected me at the deepest level.
To the Giants: Thank you for this amazing experience. I will always remember, and I will share the stories of this team for decades to come. Torture never felt so good.
Behind the jump is the 40-man roster and the coaching staff. Thanks to every single one of you.
(Since the front office list is behemoth, I will simply thank Bill Neukom, Larry Baer, and Brian Sabean individually).
San Francisco Giants 40-Man Roster
|41||Jeremy Affeldt||L-L||6'5"||225||Jun 6, 1979|
|40||Madison Bumgarner||R-L||6'4"||215||Aug 1, 1989|
|18||Matt Cain||R-R||6'3"||245||Oct 1, 1984|
|46||Santiago Casilla||R-R||6'0"||200||Jul 25, 1980|
|43||Alex Hinshaw *||L-L||6'4"||175||Oct 31, 1982|
|60||Waldis Joaquin *||R-R||6'2"||235||Dec 25, 1986|
|55||Tim Lincecum||L-R||5'11"||170||Jun 15, 1984|
|49||Javier Lopez||L-L||6'4"||225||Jul 11, 1977|
|59||Guillermo Mota||R-R||6'5"||235||Jul 25, 1973|
|52||Ramon Ramirez||R-R||5'11"||190||Aug 31, 1981|
|47||Chris Ray *||R-R||6'3"||210||Jan 12, 1982|
|54||Sergio Romo||R-R||5'11"||190||Mar 4, 1983|
|45||Dan Runzler *||L-L||6'4"||230||Mar 30, 1985|
|57||Jonathan Sanchez||L-L||6'2"||190||Nov 19, 1982|
|67||Henry Sosa *||R-R||6'2"||195||Jul 28, 1985|
|38||Brian Wilson||R-R||6'1"||195||Mar 16, 1982|
|75||Barry Zito *||L-L||6'4"||215||May 13, 1978|
|28||Buster Posey||R-R||6'1"||205||Mar 27, 1987|
|22||Eli Whiteside||R-R||6'2"||215||Oct 22, 1979|
|2||Emmanuel Burriss *||S-R||6'0"||190||Jan 17, 1985|
|14||Mike Fontenot||L-R||5'8"||170||Jun 9, 1980|
|50||Conor Gillaspie *||L-R||6'1"||200||Jul 18, 1987|
|17||Aubrey Huff||L-R||6'4"||230||Dec 20, 1976|
|10||Travis Ishikawa||L-L||6'3"||225||Sep 24, 1983|
|35||Brett Pill *||R-R||6'4"||210||Sep 9, 1984|
|16||Edgar Renteria||R-R||6'1"||200||Aug 7, 1975|
|29||Ryan Rohlinger *||R-R||6'1"||195||Oct 7, 1983|
|21||Freddy Sanchez||R-R||5'10"||190||Dec 21, 1977|
|48||Pablo Sandoval||S-R||5'11"||245||Aug 11, 1986|
|5||Juan Uribe||R-R||6'0"||230||Mar 22, 1979|
|9||Pat Burrell||R-R||6'4"||235||Oct 10, 1976|
|7||Mark DeRosa 60-day DL **||R-R||6'1"||205||Feb 26, 1975|
|34||Darren Ford *||R-R||5'11"||195||Oct 1, 1985|
|6||Jose Guillen *||R-R||6'0"||215||May 17, 1976|
|62||Francisco Peguero *||R-R||6'0"||190||Jun 1, 1988|
|13||Cody Ross||R-L||5'10"||195||Dec 23, 1980|
|33||Aaron Rowand||R-R||6'0"||220||Aug 29, 1977|
|12||Nate Schierholtz||L-R||6'2"||215||Feb 15, 1984|
|56||Andres Torres||S-R||5'10"||190||Jan 26, 1978|
|8||Eugenio Velez *||S-R||6'1"||170||May 16, 1982|
- * Not on Active Roster
- ** Not on 40-Man Roster
San Francisco Giants Coaching Staff
|Managers & Coaches|
|31||Hensley Meulens||Batting Coach|
|19||Dave Righetti||Pitching Coach|
|39||Roberto Kelly||First Base Coach|
|1||Tim Flannery||Third Base Coach|
|23||Ron Wotus||Bench Coach|
|26||Mark Gardner||Bullpen Coach|
|Jose Alguacil||Coordinator, Defensive|
|Bert Bradley||Coordinator, Pitching|
|Henry Cotto||Coordinator, Baserunning|
|Shawon Dunston||Coordinator, Defensive|
|58||Bill Hayes||Bullpen Catcher|
|Geoff Head||Strength and Conditioning Coordinator|
|Kirt Manwaring||Coordinator, Catching|
|Bob Mariano||Coordinator, Hitting|
|Tony Reale||Physical Therapist|
|Lee Smith||Coordinator, Pitching|