Just two years ago, the Giants were Barry Bonds and Barry Bonds was the Giants. Now, he is a part of their history that they seemingly don’t quite know how to reconcile themselves with. A newcomer doesn’t have to worry about that though. The Giants are at the beginning of a new era and that makes them an attractive proposition for a British fan trying to decide which team he or she should make their own.
Team Picker Scores
|Roots and Tradition||Underdog Status||Hope for the Future||Following from afar||Road trip potential||Total Score|
As you can see, the Giants score well across the board. The one area that lets them down at the moment is their low ranking in the ‘Hope for the Future’ category, but they do have an ace up their sleeve. Quite literally. The newly crowned NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is surely worth an extra three or four points on his own.
While their move from New York back in 1958 was contentious at the time, it would be wrong to penalize them too heavily for that now. After all, they have been in San Francisco for fifty years and counting. Their low win totals in the last few years means that they are definite underdogs, although they haven’t been shy about spending money at the same time. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t been great at spending it wisely (Barry Zito being a classic example).
The Giants played a good number of day games (nineteen) during the working week in 2008, which along with a decent amount of weekend day games helps them to greatly reduce the negative effect of their west coast position in terms of their games being played at a convenient time for British fans. Add in San Francisco’s attraction as a tourist destination and the Giants are strong candidates to be an ideal team for a Brit to pick.