The San Francisco Giants have made a habit of proving people wrong this decade. Can they do it again in 2019?
Three improbable title runs brought three years of baseball pundits doubting the San Francisco Giants. It truly is an interesting phenomenon.
The baseball world’s groupthink when it comes to the Giants is something worthy of further examination.
Whether it was those who doubted that a ragtag team of veterans in 2010 could win it all, or those who doubted the team throughout the entirety of the 2012 playoffs, people simply seem to have a hard time believing in this team.
There is already a slew of pieces chalking up the team’s performance over the past month as a fluke. Months ago, the baseball intelligentsia decreed that the Giants needed to rebuild, and it’s been tough to shift away from that narrative.
Apparently, the writers of these pieces seem to have a memory that only goes back about three years. All they seem to remember is how teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros blew things up and rebuilt from the ground up to win a title.
It is pretty incredible that blowing up your team and trading away your best players has become the safe option. It’s as if they think every prospect acquired will turn out great and the team will be able to contend right on schedule in three or four years.
There is no guarantee that a rebuild will prove to be fruitful, yet the baseball world seems convinced that is the only answer.
Well, the baseball world has been wrong before. Let’s examine those occasions just to refresh our memories.