For those of you just dropping in from Mars, here's the recap: With a 3-2 win last night over the Kansas City Royals, the Giants have won their third World Series title in five years. (The parade is going to be at noon on Friday.) Now here's the real question: Are these bums a legendary baseball dynasty—or the greatest ever?
There's no question that this team has something special—but is it a dynasty? Seems like you need a few things to get there. First—to win. A lot. We've got that covered. Second—to keep a core roster of players for several years running. That's been harder since free agency, but the Giants have assembled a massive amount of talent, and hung on to them. Madison Bumgarner was drafted by the Giants in 2007 and has never played for anywhere else. Tim Lincecum has been there since 2007. Buster Posey since 2010. Pablo Sandoval since 2008. It's enough to make Hunter Pence (2012) look like a newb. Why would they play anywhere else? Third—you have to do it in style. Which, clearly we have.
The Giants are not the first team with such an impressive streak of victories. The last time a National League team won three series in the same time frame was the Cardinals, from 1942 to 1946. From 1996 to 2000, the Yankees took four championships. The Oakland A's did three straight from 1972 to 1974. By those yardsticks, the Giants would have to clinch at least one more time. At the very minimum, it's an historical record that matches up with any other team in the history of the game.
Or—look at it this way—the only other team to have mounted a better World Series record than us is the Yankees. And by the "Everybody hates the Yankees" property, we're going to disqualify them. So there you go: Best team ever. (Sort of.)