The will to win, supported by community – Go Giants!
I love baseball, and I love winning. I’m a San Francisco Giants fan. I grew up as a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. However, having spent 18 years away from Boston and 10 years within a 1-mile walk of PacBell, I have become a loyal Giants fan. I’ve been to more than 150 games at the yard. I’ve attended every playoff and World Series game at PacBell (ATT Park). I watched Bonds hit more than 100 home runs, including every record breaking or setting home run at PacBell. My oldest son, Zack, has been to a World Series game. Though he wouldn’t be born for 4 months, I’m certain that he felt the excitement and energy of the crowd. These experiences have cemented me as a Giants fan. Even with the incredible excitement of the 2002 San Francisco Giants, this 2010 team is more fun to watch. The 2010 Giants team is special, they are a community – they are a team. The 2010 SF fans are a community, and the Bay Area is strengthening as a community because of the energy around the Giants. Sure, not all locals are into the Giants as much as me, but more are into the Giants than they were in 2002. These fans are different than those of us in 2002. These fans care about baseball, about being scrappy, about little ball, about persistence and about getting it done. These fans aren’t in the yard simply to see history happen, they are there to see magic happen. These fans don’t leave until the last pitch, often until well after the last pitch. These fans are in the yard to see will in action.
The 2010 team is a Team with tremendous will to win. It’s not about a couple of individual performers that make or break the organization or decide whether the team will win or lose. It’s about 30 individuals whom have the back of every other. Unlike the 2002 Giants, there isn’t a single hero. Tomorrow’s hero will replace today’s hero. Don’t get me wrong; I loved watching Barry Bonds play. He arguably has the most beautiful swing in baseball history – certainly among the top three. This team, however, has a foundation based on the will to win and teamwork. There are players on this Giants team, such as Posey, who are more excited for their elder (33 years old) teammates than they are for themselves. These teammates don’t want to let each other down. They support each other, they lift each other up, they play little ball, they don’t give up and they win. They are a bunch of hustlers – much like the “idiots” of the 2004 World Series Championship Boston Red Sox team. They make it happen. When they falter, the fan community picks them up. The fan-base is behind this team more than most I have seen. There’s something special happening in the stands.
There is only one player, Buster Posey at .305, with a batting average over .300. They could easily have folded after losing 2 straight to the San Diego Padres. They moved into the final game of the NLDS series having lost 2 of every 3 games played against the Padres. They didn’t give up, they couldn’t give up – they worked as a team with the will to win and they got the job done. After the win, they celebrated with the larger community – the Giants fans and the San Francisco locals. The San Francisco Giants understand that the will to win combined with the support of Community can drive success. Do you have the will to win? When you win, how will you give back to the community? How will you leverage the Community to help you win?
Regardless of whether the Giants become World Series Champions (I think they will), they have won the hearts of many as they demonstrate the power of teamwork, community and a strong will to win.