San Francisco's second World Series victory surprised a lot of baseball people—at least outside of the Bay Area. But considering it is the Giants' second title in three years, it should be becoming clear that San Francisco is a great team.
In fact, a four-game sweep of a team that featured a Triple Crown winner and arguably the best pitcher in the world makes for a strong argument that the Giants deserve to be considered the best team in Major League Baseball.
But how does the 2012 team measure up to past Giants squads? Is it better than the 2010 team, when Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson were the stars of the pitching staff and Aubrey Huff anchored the offense? Or what about teams featuring Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Matt Williams and Will Clark?
San Francisco has reached the postseason seven times in the last three decades. In another season, it missed the playoffs despite topping 100 wins. Could the best Giants squad be one that wasn't crowned world champion?
Here is a rundown of the five best Giants teams of the last 30 years, along with some honorable mentions.