As the San Francisco Giants finish a second straight season without a trip to the playoffs, there are many in the media saying the team’s dynasty is over.
After the San Francisco Giants went on an incredible run of championships that saw three World Series wins in a five year span, the fan base declared the run a dynasty.
Now that it has been four seasons since the last trophy took a trip through the streets of San Francisco, it seems the dynasty is over.
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If you look at any dynasty, from the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association or the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League, the dynasty is defined by the players involved.
As long as Bill Russell was a Celtic, Russell’s teams were each a part of that dynasty. The same applies to Tim Duncan’s Spurs, Tom Brady’s Patriots or Joe Montana’s 49ers.
Derek Jeter owns five rings with the New York Yankees. After winning four in five seasons from 1996-2000, it was clear that those Yankees teams were a dynasty. When Jeter won his fifth ring in 2009, that championship team was still a part of the Jeter era.
Posey and Bumgarner are still on the Giants and their deep connection to all three championships means that they are the faces of this era.
If the Giants were to win another World Series in 2022 or 2023 with Posey playing first base and Bumgarner closing, those years would attach itself to the 2010-2014 run.
While that might not meet the definition of a dynasty to some, it is clearly how dynasties are viewed in sports.