Giants fans, step back, take a deep breath and regain your senses about the state of this baseball franchise.
Just because the Bay Area remains aglow with the wonderful feeling that all Giants dreams can come true — thanks to that magically unexpected World Series championship — don’t go getting desperate to repeat.
Desperate is never good in the world of baseball. It makes teams do silly, silly things. And the Giants are not a team that needs to do anything silly.
Take a look down the Giants’ roster: Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner and Brian Wilson. Go ahead, throw in Brandon Crawford and Nate Schierholtz, too.
All are in their 20s, all are playing like they can contribute to a winning team for the next few years.
And don’t forget Cody Ross is only 30 years old.
The Giants are inches away from becoming a good, young team. A very good, young team. One that can contend year after year, for years to come.
This is not a team that has to trade away a key, young pitcher to get a veteran player who might help this team contend in 2011. This is not their last chance. There is no window closing on the key players on the Giants’ roster.
So back away from the search for some flawed veteran who could help the 2011 Giants, and keep reminding yourself that this is a first-place team with a bright, bright future.
Sure, contending in 2011 is going to be fun the rest of this summer, but it’s not a do-or-die season.
If the Giants find out the guys they’ve been running out there recently have long-term possibilities — and at this point not one of them have proven otherwise — they’d look pretty good for 2015.
Add to Belt, Crawford, Sandoval and Posey a young second baseman to be identified later and the Giants’ infield would be complete all the way through 2015.
Schierholtz and Ross need nothing more than a young stud in between them to round out the Giants’ 2015 outfield.
Sure, completing another run into the playoffs is what everybody is counting on, but the Giants are poised to do something few franchises ever accomplish — win a world championship en route to becoming a good, young team.
The Giants might be sitting prettier for the long term than any franchise this side of the mega-bucks teams back in Boston or New York.
So rather than treat this year like it’s all-or-nothing, take the stance that the Giants should contend every year from here until 2015.
These are not desperate times. So nothing silly between now and the trade deadline.
Tim Liotta is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.