If one had to describe up the 2010 San Francisco Giants season, it could be summed up in one word. Torture! There were games where they would light up the scoreboard followed by games where they could barely earn one run. 2010 contained winning and losing streaks as well for San Francisco. The whole season seemed to be a war of attrition that kept fans on edge throughout.
How the West was Won
Going into to the final three-game series of the season, they faced off against the San Diego Padres. The Giants needed one victory to secure the NL West and advance to the postseason. However, they dropped the first two games. The lack of momentum seemed to be pointing to another loss and a tie with the Padres. That would have led to an additional tie-breaking game.
The torture continued all the way to the 9th inning. But the Giants came away with the victory, breaking their seven-year postseason drought.
56 Years Later…
In the postseason the Giants never missed a beat and ended up defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series, 4-1. This marked the city of San Francisco’s first world series title. It also ended a 56-year World Series drought for the franchise that began when the team was still located in New York.
The Giants’ 2010 season is worthy of a movie just by the events alone. But what made this group so intriguing was the players. A mix of youngsters and journeymen came together to make the team a success.
They were a who’s who of off the wall personalities and provided just as much entertainment in pre and post-game interviews as they did on the field. The roster and the up-and-down performance of the team sparks a specific question.
If a Hollywood feature film was made about the 2010 Giants, who would portray each of these players?
Let’s take a look at possible actor matches for a few players.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tim Lincecum
He had a slight build, but he brought the heat with his throws. That earned pitcher Tim Lincecum “The Freak” nickname. His excellence in pitching also earned him back to back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009.
Fans were on board with “The Freak”, his long hair, and unorthodox pitching style ever since he debuted for the team in 2007. During a typical game at then AT&T Park (now Oracle Park), many fans donned a long-haired wig in his honor.
A moment that truly defined his personality and intensity was during the post-game interview when the team had just clinched the NL West division title and were headed to the postseason. Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area asked him at the end of the interview “Are you ready for your champagne bath?” He replied, “F**K Yeah!” Enough said!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be the perfect actor to play Lincecum. He has a similar look and build. In addition to that, Gordon-Levitt also has a baseball pedigree. That of course coming from his past role in the 90s family baseball comedy Angels in the Outfield. All he would need to do is grow out his hair to have the iconic Lincecum look.
Michael Peña as Pablo Sandoval
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval earned the nickname “Kung Fu Panda” due to his rather large size and swiftness on his feet. Fans would honor him by wearing panda hats on game days. He was known as a power hitter and rarely saw a pitch he didn’t like.
Actor Michael Peña would be a great choice as the Venezuelan slugger. Although Peña may have to add on a few more pounds to do the role justice.
Ryan Gosling as Buster Posey
Another fan favorite on the 2010 squad was rookie catcher Buster Posey. He proved to be great at the plate making clutch hits at key times. A real nuisance for opposing pitchers, he finished the year with 124 hits, 23 doubles, 18 home runs, and 67 RBI. His all-around excellent play earned him NL Rookie of the Year honors.
Posey was recognized for his youthful looks, a “babyface” some would say. Any actor who portrayed him would have to be exude the ageless semblance. Canadian actor Ryan Gosling therefore would be the shoo-in for this race, as he seems to not age. Never. Ever. At all.
Charlie Sheen as Brian Wilson
We could not close this article without addressing closer Brian Wilson. He was by far the most animated character on the Giants roster. He grew a massive beard and dyed it black, had a mohawk, and wore bright orange cleats. In addition to all that, he often made pretty off the wall comments in interviews.
Okay now which Hollywood actor is known for being absolutely outrageous? Oh yeah… CHARLIE SHEEN! He checks off every box on the requirements for playing Wilson list. And he also has a baseball pedigree from starring in the 80s cult classic Major League. First ballot selection right here.
Torture: A Story of the 2010 San Francisco Giants
There you have it. An underdog story about the unlikeliest of players rising to the occasion. A team chock full of characters with so many obstacles to overcome. A fan base waiting half a century for a title. All the stars aligning and brining San Francisco its first World Series title in history, sounds like one hell of a story to me! Now we just need a director to get it going. Anybody know Oliver Stone’s number?