Pablo Sandoval and his Nestea Plunge nanoseconds after catching the final out of the 2014 World Series symbolized a franchise at its apex. History tells us the San Francisco Giants, with or without Sandoval, are on an impossible trajectory to continue.
During the free agency era (1975-present) only one other team has won three World Series in five years (The Fab Four Yankees 1998-2000) and nobody else has done it without winning back to back.
Of the back-to-back series winners in that timeframe (the ’75-’76 Reds, the ’77-’78 Yankees, the ’92-’93 Blue Jays and the Yankees teams) none have done it in the wake of a big off-season signing and none have done it without keeping their home-grown nucleus in tact.
Consider Sandoval a 240-pound proton.
A 16-year-old when he signed with the team in 2002 at the height of another era, The Bonds Era, he broke in with the…
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