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How surprising were the Giants?

Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised to see who Tim thinks is the third most surprising champion of the era.

Indeed: it may cause some of you to feel . . . insecure.

  1. amhendrick - Nov 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    The most surprising thing on that list is that the 1996 Yankees payroll ranked 2nd . . . at $54 million.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    LMAO!!! Craig, nice jab. Tim is nothing but a bag of d!cks !!! EFFF HIM!!!! Ok, how was that? Honestly I am pretty shocked that they were 3rd highest. If I remember correctly, it was in ’08 though and i as drinking alot then, Man My Phills made it!!!… We were pretty confident in our team that year as fans, maybe the nation didn’t see it coming, but the Phills were “the team to beat” that year to us Phills fans. They were on one hot tear down the stretch, and we all could smell it.The truth is, they were placed into the playoffs that year by the Mutts. Sure they had to win almost every game at the end there, but 17 games back??? Really? When the Hawaiian took the invincible CC to yard with the bases loaded it was pretty much over, there was no stopping that train. Kinda reminds me of what happened when the Giants took out the Phills this season. There was no stopping them. His calculating is seriously flawed though. It MUST be. ;P

  3. Utley's Hair - Nov 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Meh…like I care what this guy says about how surprising the “2008 world champions of baseball!!!” (thank you Harry the K) were.

    After all the losing Philadelphia fans have had to deal with, I’m always surprised/excited/ecstatic with any of the teams winning, let alone winning it all—especially after 100 straight seasons of drek.

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