The 1997 National League West Champion San Francisco Giants are fully etched in Giants lore. It was the first time the Giants made the playoffs since the 1989 World Series and therefore the first time I would be able to watch Giants playoff baseball that wasn't just highlights.
The team was stocked with recent acquisitions and in-house upstarts that would get a crack to solidify themselves as everyday players. This is also about the time General Manager Brian Sabean started to configure the team into a yearly contender.
It took 13 years for the Giants to bring home a World Series trophy since they won the N.L. West in 1997. Many interesting and derisive players have filtered through the clubhouses at Candlestick and AT&T Park since then.
I felt like it was a good time during this early 2012 season to look back upon the past to recognize some of the players that kick-started a successful era in San Francisco Giants history.