It's official- the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions.
Yes, the wait is finally over. For those of you who are fellow Giants fans, you know what I am talking about.
We have been waiting for this day since 1954, the last time our beloved franchise won it all. Anyone born after that, including myself, had never seen the Giants win a World Series. Hell, come to think of it, I was born a full five months after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX, so this is the first time I have seen any of my teams win a title.
Let's put this into perspective for a minute. The last time the Giants did what they did last night was on October 2, 1954. Gas was a mere 20 cents a gallon, baseball had yet to expand westward, and the greatest threat to American democracy was communism, not terrorism.
Still, any Giants fan is lying if he tells you he would not enjoy a repeat. Since the World Series era (1903- present) there have been a total of 106 World Series played, with the Giants winning six of them and losing twelve. Of the 105 previous winners, only 21 have defended their title the next season, with twelve of those repeaters dressed in pinstripes. Here is what the Giants must do this off-season if they hope to join this illustrious club of the Yankees and some other teams too.