Though the San Francisco Giants began as the New York City Gothams, they are now an important part of the California baseball scene.Click Here to Buy San Francisco Giants Tickets
They have not won a World Series title since their relocation but while on the East Coast the franchise claimed five pennants. In the last five decades, the Giants have had several star players who led the team to the postseason or at least made a valiant effort to get there. These include pitchers Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal, outfielder Jeffrey Leonard and slugger Barry Bonds. Going into the next season, new Giants Bengie Molina, Dave Roberts and Barry Zito will join existing favorites Pedro Feliz, Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia to bring San Francisco out of the slump they've faced in recent years.
Aiding that effort will be the friendly atmosphere of AT&T Park, where the Giants moved in 2000. Not only is the new park better designed than the old, but it's also a constantly sold-out 43,000-person crowd of fans that will cheer the Giants on to victory. A big motivator for that fan base is the historic local rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, San Francisco has lately struck up a rivalry with another California baseball team: the San Diego Padres.