Is there a lesson to be learned from the San Francisco Giants?
This year’s World Series winners were barely good enough to win the National League West, and much of the lineup had to be pieced together as the season progressed, but there they were celebrating in Texas, in the same clubhouse where the Yankees season came to an end.
I guess the lesson learned is that the team you see in April can be very different from the team you see in October.
Otherwise, there was no stunning realization from these five games. There was only the reinforcement of one of baseball’s great truths: Young pitching is the highest commodity in the game. Add a terrific young hitter in Buster Posey, throw in a reliable closer with an awesome beard and mix some veteran bats into the bunch, and you’ve got a team that can win a World Series.
I would guess that in four out of five postseasons, the Yankees would advance further than the Giants. But the Giants had a team that was good enough to win, and they played very well at the right time.
“You need a tremendous lineup,” Brian Cashman said just before the World Series started. “We have it. We had variety in that lineup. We had power. We had speed. We had guys that could bunt and run. We had guys that could stick it over the fence. We had high on-base percentage guys. I believe in all that philosophy on the offensive side.
“But the bottom line is that pitching is the key to the kingdom. That’s why you’ve got to collect as much as you possibly can, and we tried to do that. I certainly believe without question, the homegrown stuff you’ve seen is a big part of this organization again… Homegrown, and then astute free-agent signings and astute trades, along with your homegrown players is the way to go. That’s what we’ll continue to do.”