Wednesday, November 10, 2010

a GIANT thank you

Dear Giants Fans,

On behalf of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, I want to thank you for your support during this remarkable season. You stood by us through the nail-biter games that Duane Kuiper famously described as "torture." You so thoroughly embraced this team and its gritty style of play that the players and coaches came to see their home fans as true partners.

When the Giants won the National League West title by beating the San Diego Padres on the last day of the season, the team took a lap around the park to shake hands and celebrate with the people they saw every day in the stands, the ones who "never stopped believing." The players, coaches and everyone in the Giants organization are grateful for the extraordinary bond we enjoy with our fans.

After 52 years of waiting, the San Francisco Giants won its first World Series Championship. When Brian Wilson threw the final strike in Arlington, Texas, and Giants players leapt with joy and amazement, so did Giants fans everywhere. The triumph is so thrilling and satisfying because all of us own a piece of it, from the diehards who weathered bitter nights at Candlestick Park to recent converts in Panda hats and black beards. None of the 2010 Giants players landed in our clubhouse by happenstance. None of the extraordinary performances was born of luck. Our scouts, analysts and coaches drafted and developed the best young talent in baseball: Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Jonathan Sanchez. During the winter and throughout the season, General Manager Brian Sabean found key players to fill specific needs by making strategic trades, signing free agents and plucking solid contributors from the waiver wires. Manager Bruce Bochy arranged and rearranged the pieces, using 126 different lineups during the regular season. Most important, he melded players of vastly different personalities, nationalities, skills and experience into a single unit that focused on one goal: Winning.

As thrilled as we are to win the World Series this season, we are already back at work, looking toward tomorrow. Our goal is to field a contending team every season. We are committed to developing the smartest, most skilled and most prepared players in baseball. On and off the field, in dugouts and cubicles, hotdog stands and ticket booths, the "Giants' Way" means working hard and working smart to build the most successful franchise in Major League Baseball.

Through this wonderful, improbable season, your loyalty and passion energized every player and coach. When we chose "It's Magic Inside!" as our slogan for 2010, we had no idea how true those words would be. From all of us at the Giants, thank you for sharing the magic.


Bill Neukom
Managing General Partner and Chief Executive Officer

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