Posted Under: Johanna's View
While two championships in three years does not a dynasty make, there is something interesting about the Giants and their second win. While the 2010 Championship was something to behold as the Giants first one since moving to the West coast, this one puts them in a different conversation as Bruce Jenkins points out. This one makes them legitimate challengers for the future. The age of the players makes it possible for them to be together for quite awhile too. So perhaps this will one day be seen as a dynasty. Until then, the Giants brain trust just gets to look very very smart. The Giants should be in the conversation for years to come, like the Phillies have been since their post-season run began in 2008.
But the Dodgers are now poised to spend a lot of money in the NL West, but as Bill Shaiken writes is that enough to remove the Giants from the conversation? Does money beat brains? Or do the Dodgers now have the money and the brains together? The Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre contracts of the past do not show it. But a team can learn from past mistakes. The Dodgers could step in and change the trajectory of the Giants place in history.
In the Jenkins piece, Ryan Theriot makes the point that the team chemistry in San Fran is special. Building that is very very tough. And chemistry is what makes dynasties. Do the Giants have that? Only time will tell.