It’s too easy to say it. But with the San Francisco Giants having punched their ticket to a third World Series in the last five years, we might as well:
Death, taxes and the Giants in the World Series in even years.
Such is the pattern. The Giants went to and won the World Series in 2010, did it again in 2012 and now have a shot to do it again in 2014. Even if the Kansas City Royals stop them, this whole even-year magic thing the Giants have going on is a cool trick.
Inevitably, though, the question has to be asked: How in the heck does this even-year stuff happen?
Giants skipper Bruce Bochy was asked about that recently. His response, via ESPN’s Jayson Stark:
An interesting remark. And also a familiar one for Bochy scholars. If you know where to look, you’ll find that “unselfish” is something of a buzzword of his when his guys are playing well.
Granted, Bochy’s insistence that the Giants play unselfish baseball does mesh with the popular perception of them as perhaps baseball’s ultimate team-oriented ballclub. If that’s a good enough explanation of their even-year magic for you, you’re welcome to leave it at that.
But there is more to the story. A lot more, for that matter. If we were to boil it down to just a couple common trends in particular, first would be how even-year Giants teams benefit from…