This 2010 season had its fair share of twists and turns for the Giants.
They never led the NL West until late September; in fact, they were in fourth place in the division just before the All-Star break.
In other words, the Giants were dead in the water looking up at the Padres, Dodgers and Rockies.
Then things started to turn around for this team of misfits and castoffs.
Coming into the July 5th game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Giants were sitting at 41-40 and trailing the NL West-leading Padres by 7.5 games. Just when it looked like the Giants were about to fade out of the NL West picture, they went on a torrid run over the next 26 games.
From July 5th to Aug. 3rd the Giants went 21-5 and moved into second place in the NL West. The Giants were now 61-45 and just two games back of the division-leading Padres.
The Giants were surprising many baseball analysts across the nation—and there was one Giant in particular that grabbed the spotlight of the national media.
Rookie Buster Posey was in the midst of a 21-game hit streak while the Giants made their push for the NL West lead. During Posey’s hit streak the Giants won 16 games, and the streak ended in Posey’s 52nd major league game. To think that a rookie could have a hit streak that lasted for just over 40 percent of his career games to date is kind of insane.
Posey showed people across the nation that he had poise behind the plate as the catcher and at the plate as the batter. During the streak, Posey batted .440 with 37 hits, six HRs and 23 RBI. These stats allowed him to win the NL Player of the Month and NL Rookie of the Month award.
Posey had solidified the Giants’ catcher position, as well as the third spot in the batting lineup. He was definitely here to stay, but could the Giants overtake the Padres for the division lead?
The Giants were able to grab the NL West lead from the Padres on Sept. 17th with a 10-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the Giants do deserve a good amount of credit, the Giants were able to take the lead in large part to the Padres' 10-game losing streak from Aug. 26th-Sept. 5th.
While the Giants were able to take the division lead, they never had a full grasp on it, and the Padres stayed right in the thick of the chase. The Giants weren’t even able to clinch the division and their first playoff berth in six seasons until the last day of the season.
Despite all the doubts cast on this team throughout the season and into the playoffs, they were able to prove everyone wrong. They beat the Braves in four (clinching the series in Atlanta), they beat the Phillies in six (clinching the series in Philadelphia) and they beat the Rangers in five (clinching the series in Arlington). Their pitching was phenomenal, and their hitting was able to provide enough run support in each series.
KNBR 680 host F.P. Santangelo said it best: “The Giants should get the ring fitted for their middle finger for the East Coast media.”
These San Francisco Giants were definitely something special to watch, and I feel privileged and honored to be a lifelong Giants fan that finally gets to taste the sweet taste of victory. Congratulations to past and present Giants players as well as true Giants fans that have been with the team through thick and thin (yes, I really loathe all those bandwagon fans who only followed the Giants from September on this season).
This is just an opinion...so please Pardon My Bias.