The 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants…

Good evening, Nats fans!

Hopefully Hurricane Sandy hasn’t been too bad for any of you, I did lose power for a few hours today, personally, but you don’t really care about that! I’m here to talk about the team who won the World Series last night: The San Francisco Giants. They are somewhat of a baseball chameleon, having won 2 World Series Titles in the past 3 seasons. The crazy part? Look at their roster:

2010 San Francisco Giants (Beat TEX 4-1)

41 Jeremy Affeldt 6-04 230 Left Left 1979-06-06
53 Denny Bautista 6-05 170 Right Right 1980-08-23
40 Madison Bumgarner 6-05 235 Left Right 1989-08-01
18 Matt Cain 6-03 230 Right Right 1984-10-01
46 Santiago Casilla 6-00 220 Right Right 1980-07-25
60 Waldis Joaquin 6-02 235 Right Right 1986-12-25
55 Tim Lincecum 5-11 175 Right Left 1984-06-15
49 Javier Lopez 6-04 220 Left Left 1977-07-11
49 Joe Martinez 6-02 195 Right Left 1983-02-26
52 Brandon Medders 6-01 190 Right Right 1980-01-26
59 Guillermo Mota 6-04 240 Right Right 1973-07-25
52 Ramon Ramirez 5-11 200 Right Right 1981-08-31
47 Chris Ray 6-03 200 Right Right 1982-01-12
54 Sergio Romo 5-10 185 Right Right 1983-03-04
45 Dan Runzler 6-04 235 Left Left 1985-03-30
57 Jonathan Sanchez 6-00 200 Left Left 1982-11-19
37 Todd Wellemeyer 6-03 205 Right Right 1978-08-30
38 Brian Wilson 6-02 205 Right Right 1982-03-16
75 Barry Zito 6-02 205 Left Left 1978-05-13
# Catchers Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
1 Bengie Molina 5-11 225 Right Right 1974-07-20
28 Buster Posey 6-01 220 Right Right 1987-03-27
22 Eli Whiteside 6-02 220 Right Right 1979-10-22
# Infielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
2 Emmanuel Burriss 6-00 205 Right Both 1985-01-17
34 Matt Downs 6-01 190 Right Right 1984-03-19
14 Mike Fontenot 5-08 165 Right Left 1980-06-09
17 Aubrey Huff 6-04 225 Right Left 1976-12-20
10 Travis Ishikawa 6-03 225 Left Left 1983-09-24
16 Edgar Renteria 6-01 200 Right Right 1975-08-07
29 Ryan Rohlinger 6-01 195 Right Right 1983-10-07
21 Freddy Sanchez 5-11 185 Right Right 1977-12-21
48 Pablo Sandoval 5-11 240 Right Both 1986-08-11
5 Juan Uribe 6-00 240 Right Right 1979-03-22
# Outfielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
20 John Bowker 6-01 205 Left Left 1983-07-08
9 Pat Burrell 6-04 235 Right Right 1976-10-10
7 Mark DeRosa 6-01 215 Right Right 1975-02-26
34 Darren Ford 5-09 190 Right Right 1985-10-01
1, 6 Jose Guillen 5-11 165 Right Right 1976-05-17
13 Cody Ross 5-10 195 Left Right 1980-12-23
33 Aaron Rowand 6-01 200 Right Right 1977-08-29
12 Nate Schierholtz 6-01 205 Right Left 1984-02-15
56 Andres Torres 5-10 195 Right Both 1978-01-26
8 Eugenio Velez 6-01 160 Right Both 1982-05-16

 

2012 San Francisco Giants (Beat DET 4-0)

41 Jeremy Affeldt 6-04 230 Left Left 1979-06-06
56 Travis Blackley 6-03 205 Left Left 1982-11-04
40 Madison Bumgarner 6-05 235 Left Right 1989-08-01
18 Matt Cain 6-03 230 Right Right 1984-10-01
46 Santiago Casilla 6-00 220 Right Right 1980-07-25
65 Steven Edlefsen 6-02 195 Right Both 1985-06-27
51, 52 Eric Hacker 6-01 230 Right Both 1983-03-26
34 Clay Hensley 5-11 190 Right Right 1979-08-31
70 George Kontos 6-03 225 Right Right 1985-06-12
55 Tim Lincecum 5-11 175 Right Left 1984-06-15
49 Javier Lopez 6-04 220 Left Left 1977-07-11
61 Shane Loux 6-02 225 Right Right 1979-08-31
79, 63 Jean Machi 6-00 260 Right Right 1982-02-01
50 Jose Mijares 6-00 230 Left Left 1984-10-29
59 Guillermo Mota 6-04 240 Right Right 1973-07-25
87, 37, 43 Dan Otero 6-03 215 Right Right 1985-02-19
31 Brad Penny 6-04 230 Right Right 1978-05-24
52 Yusmeiro Petit 6-00 180 Right Right 1984-11-22
54 Sergio Romo 5-10 185 Right Right 1983-03-04
45 Dan Runzler 6-04 235 Left Left 1985-03-30
32 Ryan Vogelsong 6-04 215 Right Right 1977-07-22
38 Brian Wilson 6-02 205 Right Right 1982-03-16
75 Barry Zito 6-02 205 Left Left 1978-05-13
# Catchers Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
28 Buster Posey 6-01 220 Right Right 1987-03-27
29 Hector Sanchez 5-11 225 Right Both 1989-11-17
22 Eli Whiteside 6-02 220 Right Right 1979-10-22
# Infielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
13 Joaquin Arias 6-01 170 Right Right 1984-09-21
9 Brandon Belt 6-05 220 Left Left 1988-04-20
2 Emmanuel Burriss 6-00 205 Right Both 1985-01-17
35 Brandon Crawford 6-02 215 Right Left 1987-01-21
33 Charlie Culberson 6-01 200 Right Right 1989-04-10
50 Conor Gillaspie 6-01 200 Right Left 1987-07-18
17 Aubrey Huff 6-04 225 Right Left 1976-12-20
6 Brett Pill 6-04 225 Right Right 1984-09-09
48 Pablo Sandoval 5-11 240 Right Both 1986-08-11
19 Marco Scutaro 5-10 185 Right Right 1975-10-30
5 Ryan Theriot 5-11 185 Right Right 1979-12-07
# Outfielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth
7 Gregor Blanco 5-11 185 Left Left 1983-12-24
53 Melky Cabrera 6-00 200 Left Both 1984-08-11
51 Justin Christian 6-01 195 Right Right 1980-04-03
68, 13 Xavier Nady 6-00 215 Right Right 1978-11-14
16 Angel Pagan 6-02 200 Right Both 1981-07-02
57, 14 Francisco Peguero 5-11 195 Right Right 1988-06-01
8 Hunter Pence 6-04 220 Right Right 1983-04-13
12 Nate Schierholtz 6-01 205 Right Left 1984-02-15

Pretty crazy to see how much turnover there was in only 2 years, with Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval being the only two players starting in both Fall Classics. One would think a team does NOT win that way.

What does this have to do with the Nats, you ask? Mike Rizzo and Co. cannot, I repeat, CANNOT be afraid of change, in the right places. Brian Sabean has been able to make a lot of changes, but with a few core values: continuity in the Coaching Staff, and always focus on pitching. Strong bullpen, Strong Rotation. The Depth that the Giants displayed this season and postseason, with Sergio Romo’s emergence as a Closer, Tim Lincecum’s emergence as a presence in the bullpen (albeit for $20MM), shows us that TEAMS truly win Championships. That, to me, is the beauty of baseball. TEAMS win. That never happens in Football, look at the Colts. They lose Peyton Manning and my High School Football team could have beaten them. Basketball? Forget it! If your team does not have a star player, you may as well not show up. Hockey, maybe, although you can win with good goaltending, winning a lot of games 1-0. The beauty of baseball is that it truly takes 25 men in a clubhouse to win. That’s what the Giants have built, and proven. Hopefully, the Nats can follow in the Giants footsteps in that respect!

Congrats to the Giants and GO NATS!!!

-Nick

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