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San Francisco Giants Still Flying Under the Radar

January 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 AM
By Michael Almonte

'Wave your flag, wave your towel' photo (c) 2010, randychiu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The San Francisco Giants are happy its a new year and hope the 2014 season turns out exactly the way it finished the previous two even years.

For a team that has won two of the last four World Series championships, you would think they would be mentioned more instead of flying under the radar.

San Francisco is a big market filled with rich Giants history, yet it seems all the West Coast talk starts and ends with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 1988 was the last time that team from the South actually celebrated something important, just saying.

The Giants recent success sounds a whole lot familiar to that of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs reign in the 2000's. While the Spurs come from a small-market, all they do is win and have been the model franchise in all of professional sports since 1998. Consistency is the name of the game as both teams have stability with their general managers and coaches/managers.

'San Antonio Spurs' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Giants are looking to duplicate the exact same results the Spurs accomplished from 2003-2007. The Spurs won three titles in a five year span, winning all those championships in odd years. They captured titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Spurs came so close in 2013 to winning another crown, leading the Miami Heat 94-89 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with 28 seconds left before losing in heartbreaking fashion. They would lose Game 7 and Game 6 will forever haunt them.

The Giants have the team to win a third title in five years going into 2014, looking to shine once again in an even year. Just like the Spurs in 2013, the Giants themselves suffered a devastating loss in an even year back in the 2002 World Series. They blew a 5-0 lead to the Anaheim Angels in Game 6 before losing Game 7. The orange and black were eight outs away from winning it all. Talk about two of the most heartbreaking losses in championship history. 

One common factor in the success of both clubs has been drafting their franchise players. The Spurs franchise turned for the good when Tim Duncan arrived in 1998 and the Giants became relevant once again when Buster Posey was drafted in 2008. Since Posey was called up in 2010, the Giants franchise has leaped.

'Giants World Champs Sign 10/28/2012' photo (c) 2012, Luigi Dionisio - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Both guys have very similar personalities as they let their play on the field/court speak for themselves. Duncan is considered by some as the greatest power forward of all-time, while Posey has a chance to be one of the greatest catchers in history. 

It seems like before every NBA season, analysts and fans always overlook the Spurs and take them for granted. The same can be said of the Giants as many baseball experts keep picking the Dodgers to win the National League West.

The Giants and Spurs love flying under the radar because they don't need the attention, all they do is play the game and simply win. If history repeats itself, 2014 will be another epic year for the orange and black. 

 

 

 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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