The 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
Such a nice ring to it, wouldn't you agree?
The Major League Baseball title drought is over in The City, and the champagne showers that quenched the thirst have passed—but the euphoria is still thick. So thick, in fact, that the reality of the Commissioner's Trophy hasn't set in for many who joined the roller-coaster bandwagon in time to ride out a few of its many valleys.
As for yours truly, I strapped in sometime during the 1988 season.
In time for 1989...and 1992...and 1993...and 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003.
So the pea-soup fog around my neighborhood in Pacific Heights isn't just the literal variety this winter. It's still difficult for me to wrap my head around the concept of the Giants—our Giants—starting the 2011 season as the defending champs.
And I missed quite a bit of the tortuous fun that unfolded before my family arrived in the Bay Area, so there must be Orange and Black diehards even more blissfully at a loss than I.
One thing I do know, however, is that there is no rest for the weary.
Which means there can't be any for the winners, either. So let's take a look at how San Francisco can attack the market heading into the offseason.