This lineup the San Francisco Giants put out in Game 5 — and all season long — will not go down as the one of the greatest lineup in history, not even Giants history.
But this lineup was not about one guy. It was about every guy in the lineup. It was a lineup that you just waited for someone to do something, because you knew the pitching was going to keep it close.
Take a look at this lineup, where they came from:
1, ANDRES TORRES, RF: He’s 32 years old. A journeyman outfielder. Drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round in 1998; played parts of 2002-03 with the Tigers; when the Tigers sent him to the minors in April 2004, he opted for free agency; signed with White Sox, played in minors in 2004; signed with Rangers, played in minors and briefly with Rangers in 2005; played in minors for Twins, Tigers and Cubs the next three season; signed with Giants in 2009; became a full-time starter in late April of 2010.
2, FREDDY SANCHEZ, 2B: Acquired in a trade with the Pirates in 2009; appeared to be bust when he could not stay healthy late in 2009; signed a two-year deal in offseason, but started 2010 on the DL; made his 2010 debut on May 19.
3, BUSTER POSEY, C: Came to spring training in 2010 with thoughts of making the big club; was sent to Triple-A Fresno because Giants wanted him to work on catching skills; made his 2010 debut on May 29; played first month in majors mostly at 1B; became everyday catcher when Bengie Molina was traded to Texas in early July.
4, CODY ROSS, LF: Placed on revocable waivers by Marlins in August; Giants, now heavy on OFs after recently adding Jose Guillen, put a claim on Ross, largely to keep rival Padres from claiming him; spent most of first month with SF as late-game defensive replacment; got more starts toward the end of September; started every postseason game.
5, JUAN URIBE, SS: Went into last offseason looking for multi-year deal; when he didn’t get one, re-signed with Giants for one year; expected to fill utility back-up role behind 2B Freddy Sanchez, SS Edgar Renteria, 3B Pablo Sandoval; opened season as starting 2B in place of injured Sanchez; eventually became everyday SS when Renteria was injured.
6, AUBREY HUFF, 1B: Giants went into offseason looking for left-handed power hitter to play 1B; went after Nick Johnson, who signed with Yankees; went after Adam LaRoche, who turned Giants down to sign lesser deal with Arizona; Giants sign Huff, who went on to lead team in HRs, even playing some OF when Posey got called up and played 1B.
7, PAT BURRELL, OF: Released by Tampa Bay on May 15 after 1+ unsuccessful seasons with Rays; signed to minor-league deal with Giants two weeks later; went to Fresno for a week; got called up to Giants on June 5; hit 18 HRs for Giants.
8, EDGAR RENTERIA, SS: Signed two-year deal with Giants prior to 2009. Spent two injury-filled seasons with SF; made three trips to DL during 2010 season; played only once in Giants’ final 14 games of the regular-season; started only 8 games after August 10; suffered torn biceps tendon in Game 2 of NLDS vs. Atlanta.
9, AARON ROWAND, CF: Signed five-year deal prior to 2008 season; beaned in cheek by LA’s Vicente Padilla on April 16; went on DL; hit well after initially after coming off the DL May 2, raising average to .333 on May 7; then went into tailspin; average dropped to .227 by end of May; lost starting CF job to Andres Torres; made only 12 starts after August 1, none after Sept. 16.
Compare that to the opening day lineup
1, Aaron Rowand, CF: (see above)
2, Edgar Renteria, SS: (see above)
3, Pablo Sandoval, 3B: Hit into league-high 26 DPs; hit over .300 first month of season, but didn’t have same power numbers; average began to dip by mid-May; spent most of postseason on the bench
4, Aubrey Huff, 1B: (see above)
5, Mark DeRosa, LF: Homered on opening day in Houston; average quickly dipped under .250, never rose above that; admitted in early May that surgically-repaired wrist was not right; season ended on May 8.
6, Bengie Molina, C: Re-signed with Giants in offseason after failing to get multi-year deal elsewhere; hit well out of gate; average above .300 thru mid-May; then started to dip; dropped to .250 by June 1; traded to Texas on July 1.
7, John Bowker, RF: won starting job after red-hot spring; but as in previous stints with big club, could not sustain hitting; average dropped below .200 by April 19; lost starting job; optioned to Fresno in early June shortly after team signed Pat Burrell; traded to Pirates on July 31 for Javier Lopez.
8, Juan Uribe, 2B: (See above)