The San Antonio Spurs and the 2014 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants are two identical franchises in the world of team of sports. Even though they operate in two separate sports they share the same philosophes in regards to building championship caliber teams. They may not have the big names that larger market cities may have but between the two of them they own eight championship rings to show for their hard work. I never understood how some of the largest cities in the United States are considered a small market in team sports but I believe the San Francisco considered a small market in Major League Baseball.
The Giants have won their third World Series Title in five seasons, that’s three more than the New York Yankees who have not won a title since 2009. Who would have ever thought that the Giants would have more World Series victories than the Yankees in this decade? Factors that are contributing to the recent postseason failures of large market franchises such as the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Lakers are the inability to bring in young quality talent that can contribute right away.
Instead they recruit high priced veterans that failed to come together and be successful. Due to those factors the Giants and Spurs have quietly risen to the top of their perspective sports. The Giants don’t have a 40 to 50 home run hitter like Alex Rodriguez or an enormous payroll where they can pursue any big name free agent that they want. They have successfully built their team around pitching and sound hitting on offense.
I honestly thought that the Kansas City Royals would have defeated the Giants 4-2 in the 2014 World Series however they proved me wrong by winning the series 4-3. Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was lights out in the ninth inning of their series with the Royals. I thought the Royals would have dismantled the Giants after sweeping every team in the American League Playoffs. However they failed to do so by falling victim to Bumgarner and the vaunted bullpen of the San Francisco Giants.
This is how you can compare the success of both the San Francisco Giants and San Antonio Spurs. I just knew that it would take the Spurs seven games to put away the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals; instead they took out LeBron and the heat in five games. I was blown away by the performance of the Spurs; they completely neutralize LeBron James and his tag team partners Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Spurs performance in the Finals was similar to what Bumgarner had done to the Royals in the ninth inning of the World Series. As long as the Yankees continue to overpay for free agents we will continue to see small market teams such as the Giants and Cardinals dominate the World Series. You can say the same thing about the NBA as well however that maybe changing this year due to the return of Derrick Rose in Chicago.