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Dynasty. A word often overused and just as frequently misunderstood. After the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series, the big question is, are the Giants considered a dynasty now?
The city of San Francisco will be celebrating its third World Series title in the last five years, winning in 2010, 2012, and now 2014. So, yes the even year magic is real. A dynasty, however, is supposed to be winning multiple championships in a row, not spread out in a span of time like the Giants have. The last team to do this feat was the New York Yankees, as they won a three-peat of championships from 1998-2000, before the Arizona Diamondbacks beat them in seven games the next year. That, is the last case of a classic dynasty. One, that in today’s age of baseball, will never be seen by many of us.
Two different Giants, one player and one coach, differ on the subject of a dynasty. Giants pitching coaching Dave Righetti, referred back to the dynasties of his day that more clearly fit the definition, saying “Nah. Well, I’m not saying it’s not, but I grew up with the Celtics and UCLA. What did UCLA [men’s basketball] win under John Wooden?” “If you’re a real sports fan, that’s what a dynasty is,” Righetti said. “I hope this is the start of something big. It’s fun though, and maybe it’s coming.”
Buster Posey, who has been a part of all three championships in his five-year career at just 27 years old, sees it a different way, saying, “In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re gonna get.”