President Obama made his State of the Union address yesterday and I thought it would only be fitting for President of the San Francisco Giants ownership group, Mr. Bill Neukom to make his own address, I think it would go something like this:
Mr. Sabean, Mr. Bochy, members of the Giants' front office, season ticket holders and fellow Giants fans.
Tonight I begin by congratulating the 2010 San Francisco Giants on bringing the World Series trophy to San Francisco for the first time in the history of Major League Baseball.
As we reflect on this momentous achievement, we acknowledge the heartbreak and loss we have suffered for over 50 years and realize the beginning of a new chapter in history of the San Francisco Giants. For It can now never be taken away, that the Giants are World Champions.
Although we revel in our victory of the past year, I assure you that we will not sit idly by as our opponents target our success, and build teams to take next year's trophy. The Phillies have added Cliff Lee to their already star studded starting rotation, and the Padres and Dodgers in our own division have retooled their teams to make a push for the playoffs.
Although we say goodbye to some heroes of the World Series such as Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe, we greet new veteran Miguel Tejada, and welcome back clubhouse leaders, Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell. We also held on to NLCS MVP Cody Ross, along with Jonathan Sanchez and Andres Torres in arbitration.
Despite the target on our backs, and the inevitable high expectations for the coming season, I have great confidence in the ability of these men in black and orange to make us proud and bring us back to October baseball again and again.
With the apparent arms race now brewing between the Phillies and the Giants, I believe that our rotation can meet the challenge head on and show that our homegrown rotation of elite young guns have the talent to match up with a collection of veteran aces.
Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner - these young men are at the forefront of this new era for Giants baseball and its only the beginning.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the San Francisco Giants!