The Giants franchise has been one of the most accomplished organizations in the history of baseball. They lead all teams with the most Hall-of-Famers, have appeared in the playoffs 23 times and they have won the National League Pennant 21 of those 23 times.
Along with the .538 winning percentage since 1883, the Giants have also won six World Series Championships in that span. After players like Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Willie McCovey and Mel Ott starred for the Giants franchise, some would think Giants fans have some high expectations.
Well, in some aspects, they are right.
From 1997 to 2004, the Giants had a lot going for them: they made the playoffs four times, placed second or better in the N.L. West, they had Barry Bonds breaking records, Jeff Kent leading his position and they came an out away from winning the World Series.
Then things changed.
From 2005 to 2009, the Giants never finished in the top two in the N.L. West, their offense was putrid and their pitching was still developing. They made the Oakland A’s look good.
Even after Tim Lincecum wins two Cy Young awards, the expectations for the giants were still at an all-time low.
In 2010, the Giants surprised everyone and won the World Series for the first time since 1954. One remarkable season can completely flip a fan base from pessimistic to optimistic. Expectations sky-rocketed.
Unfortunately for Giants fans everywhere, 2011 crushed those towering expectations. Injuries happened, Arizona caught fire and the Giants were one of the teams hitting the golf links when October rolled around.
So what are the expectations for this season? What would satisfy Giants fans who have just about seen it all?
Winning another World Series is out of the question. No team – even the Yankees – should be held to that expectation every year.
However, with the new wild card rule being implemented in the league, the Giants odds of making the playoffs has increased by a significant amount.
We expect the Giants to win more games than they lose with an average offense and a terrific pitching staff. But for some, having good pitching and okay hitting is not enough satisfaction.
Making the playoffs is an achievable goal for the giants to set. The fans get excited like they always have in the playoffs, and the Giants automatically have the advantage in postseason games because of their shutdown pitching.
I believe I will also be completely satisfied watching Buster Posey play in his first full season. Watching him hit, run, crouch and throw in 2012 will only make me realize how much I missed him. We all missed him.
I am also expecting the same form Freddy Sanchez. A healthy season is a good season. After three consecutive seasons hampered by injuries, Sanchez looks to stay in tip-top shape for 2012.
Can Pablo Sandoval improve on his impressive 2011 season? Can Brandon Crawford prove he can hit big league pitching? Can Brian Wilson stay helathy and return to his dominant form?
If most of these things come true, I will still be satisfied with 2012 even if they somehow missed the playoffs. If I see significant improvement from the young talent on the Giants roster (and in the farm system), I will look forward to 2013 even more.
The Giants will thrive with young players like Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Belt and Gary Brown for years to come.
I don’t know how to define 2012 as a “win” season if the Giants don’t win the World Series again, but I do know there are several ways they can satisfy Giants fans expectations.
So I know this is a lot of rambling hearsay, sprinkled with “what-ifs,” but I want to hear what you believe a “winning” season is for the Giants.Take Our Poll
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