Some stuff on the Giants via Jayson Stark, from last month, that I just saw recently -
• The Giants trailed St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the NLCS — and never lost again. They were the first National League team ever to sweep a World Series after fighting off at least three straight elimination games in the LCS. And they joined the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox as the only teams ever to do that in either league.
• Add in the division series, and these Giants won a total of six elimination games on the way to winning this World Series. Only one other team in history ever did that: the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
• This makes two World Series these Giants have won in the past three seasons. And that, too, is a feat for the ages. Over the past 90 years, only three other National League franchises have pulled that off: the 1975-76 edition of the Big Red Machine, the 1963-65 Dodgers and the 1942-44 Cardinals.
• This team now has won six consecutive postseason series since 2010. And only two other franchises have done that in a three-year period during the division-play era: the 1998-2000 Yankees (nine in a row) and the 1972-74 Athletics (six in a row).
• Finally, we should remember that merely to sweep a World Series under any circumstances is special. Only four other NL teams have done that in the past 90 years, too: the 1990 Reds, 1976 Reds, 1963 Dodgers and 1954 Giants.
Also, the Giants became only the fifth big league team – and the first since the 1982 Cardinals – to win the title after finishing dead last in home runs during the regular season.
When you add this all up, you have to say that the 2010-2012 Giants were a great, and unique, baseball team.