San Francisco Giants:Top 10 SF Giants Playoff Teams Part 1
6. 1989 Giants
The 1989 team won 92 regular season games and went to the first World Series in 27 years. It was a new kind of attitude, and the team carried themselves with much more confidence. There were still holes in the rotation, but at that time, most teams had problems with pitching depth. One sore arm and the team was wrecked for a week.
With Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell leading the way, the team had an excellent offensive season. With Brett Butler setting the table, and the emerging Matt Williams, the team was looking more like a team with long-term sustainability. And that is what the city needed at that time. Because without the team playing well during that time, you may have seen them move to Tampa Bay.
The series against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS was all Clark. He annihilated Cubs pitching, and drove in the winning run off of lefty closer Mitch Williams.
The earthquake of 1989 will always mark that time and place in the minds of those that were getting ready to sit down and enjoy a game. The teams that played didn’t get to ride the euphoria that usually accompanies playing in front of a national audience. But this Giants team was good, they were very good, and if the A’s weren’t able to come back and throw Dave Stewart and Mike Moore tight away, I think there was still a chance.
C’mon, at least not a sweep. At least give me that.
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With the four wins against the Cubs, but none against the A’s, the Giants ended up with 96 wins, and no ring. But this team will always be remembered for being the first to represent San Francisco on baseball’s grand stage, the World Series.