From the Super Bowl to March Madness, the Masters or the World Series and the World Cup, the sports world is cyclical. Seems we are always waiting eagerly on the edge of our seats (be them of the living room or arena variety) for the next big event.
The Colorado Rockies scored three runs before Madison Bumgarner's grand slam gave the Giants the lead and the 6-5 win over the Rockies. The southpaw got off to a rocky start and later settled in for one of the most memorable games of his career.
The Timmy-Cain-Panda-Posey-Bumgarner Giants may never win another championship, but keeping that nucleus together is smart economic thinking and good for the Giants. If the Giants resign Lincecum and Pence, they will be poised to be a strong contending team in 2014.
In recent years contending teams, and even non-contending big market teams, went into the season with the understanding that their roster on the last day of the season would look substantially different than the roster with which they opened the season.
It is no surprise that a team that has won two of the last three World Series has a good farm system, but the discrepancy between how the system, and indeed the franchise, is perceived, and what it actually is remains significant.