Californians are partial to homegrown, and the San Francisco Giants are no exception. Local boy (San Jose) Dave Righetti is the first link in our chain as he took over duties as pitching coach just prior to the 2000 season. In 2002, the Giants drafted 17-year old Matt Cain in the 1st round and sent him to Arizona. Fresno product and former Giants pitcher Mark Gardner made his coaching debut--working the same bullpen job he has now--in 2003. That same year, Brian Wilson was picked in the 24th round. Jonathan Sanchez was taken in the 27th round in 2004. In 2005 Sergio Romo was taken in the 28th round. In 2006 Tim Lincecum was the 10th overall pick. Ditto for Madison Bumgarner in 2007. The über-battery was completed in 2008 with the 5th overall pick, catcher Buster Posey. Travis Ishikawa (21st round, 2002) and Nate Schierholtz (2nd round, 2003) were also Giants draft picks.
Matt Cain, Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo, Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Nate Schierholtz, and Travis Ishikawa. That's quite a haul. Throw in the 2003 amateur free agent signing of a 17-year old from Venezuela (Pablo Sandoval), and there's the homegrown nucleus of a championship club. John Bowker, drafted in the 3rd round in 2004, was traded with 2005 12th round pick Joe Martinez for the invaluable Javier Lopez. Freddy Sanchez was acquired by trading 2007 1st rounder (no. 22 overall) Tim Alderson. Righty Daniel Turpen was drafted in the 8th round that same year, he was traded for Ramon Ramirez. The 9th round of the 2009 draft brought OF Evan Crawford, he was traded for Mike Fontenot. It should also be noted that Buster Posey's coach in Fresno--Steve Decker--was drafted by the Giants in the 21st round in 1988.
Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell, Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Aubrey Huff, Eli Whiteside, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, and Guillermo Mota were all signed as free agents. NLCS MVP Cody Ross was claimed off waivers. That's the 25 guys on the post-season roster.
I want to work something up on the Front Office and the behind-the-scenes types, perhaps tomorrow. Today the baseball gods command you to bask in the glory of the National League Pennant. By the way, that line-out double-play in the 8th (Wilson to Ruiz to Huff to Renteria) ought to convince you that such gods exist. Gracious me, but the Giants are the Champions of the National League.