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Giants thriving in post-Barry Bonds era

Defending champs a fun-loving team that as recently as 2007 was mired in negativity

Originally Published: March 15, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds helped the San Francisco Giants win the World Series last season. And he could help them win it again this season.

How? Because he's not a Giant anymore.

When Bonds and his toxic presence was finally removed by the hazmat people after the 2007 season, the Giants began to win more games. Not a lot at first, but enough to realize that Bonds' forced departure was like an emergency tracheotomy on the franchise's windpipe. The Giants could finally ...

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