A new chapter by the Bay

Off the list of tortured franchises, the Giants chart an unfamiliar course as champions

Updated: November 2, 2010, 8:37 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Quite a start to the century it has been. The San Francisco Giants will parade down Market Street on Wednesday as they did after leaving Harlem in 1958, curling into City Hall Plaza, just as Willie Mays did when the adventure of big-league baseball on the West Coast was born.

The Giants are champions, continuing a 21st century that apparently has no use for the term "long-suffering" and the self-indulgent navel gazing that goes along with it.

In 2002, the Giants and ...

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