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Giants don’t wear ‘dynasty’ title very well

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates right fielder Gregor Blanco after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Denver.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates right fielder Gregor Blanco after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Denver. AP

The Giants woke up Tuesday morning in Phoenix 81/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West standings and nine behind the Chicago Cubs in the N.L. wild-card race with 23 games left this season.

With four games against the Dodgers – Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 – the Giants still have plenty of time to catch Los Angeles and win the division, probably their most likely route to the postseason.

But with so many injuries hurting a team that has struggled lately to find consistency on the mound and at the plate, it might take a minor miracle for the Giants to win the division.

So here’s the question: How can a professional sports team be called a “dynasty” if it fails to reach the playoffs one season after winning a world championship?

You want dynasties? Remember these teams?

▪ UCLA’s men’s basketball team, coached by John Wooden, won 10 NCAA championships from 1964-75.

▪ Starting in 1957, the Boston Celtics, coached by Red Auerbach, won nine NBA titles in 10 seasons. In the year they didn’t win, they were in contention.

▪ From 1947 to 1964, the New York Yankees played in 15 World Series, winning 10 times.

▪ From 1981 to 1998, the 49ers won the Super Bowl five times and made the playoffs 16 times. The two times they didn’t qualify was during a strike-shortened season in 1982 and in 1991 when they still won 10 games.

▪ The A’s won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974.

All great teams, all great dynasties.

The Giants? Not so much, at least not yet.

And if they sit out the 2015 postseason and bounce back next year to win their fourth title in seven seasons?

What do we call the Giants then? “Dynasty” or “Inconsistently Great?”

Victor Contreras: 916-326-5527, @SacBeeVictor

Playbook

  • WHAT TO WATCH: Giants at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., CSNBA: For the Giants to make the playoffs, they need to beat teams like the Diamondbacks.
  • QUOTABLE: “We better start to figure this thing out pretty quick. It’s a tough group. I still believe we can come back and make some noise here.” – Giants manager Bruce Bochy
  • ON THIS DATE: On Sept. 9, 1968, Arthur Ashe won the U.S. Open by beating Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ashe became the first African American man to win a Grand Slam tournament.
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