Because you made me truly excited about baseball for the first time since Will the Thrill played at the 'Stick. Because your players and pitchers, complete with Shakespearean nicknames, long-legged strides, mohawks, red thongs, and tar-black beards, roamed the field and stalked the mound of America's most beautiful ballpark. Because your defense was as beautiful to watch as your home runs, and because your team chemistry was more remarkable than any one player, and because you made three generations of my family, spread out across 3,000 miles, insanely happy. Because a team of misfits and castoffs brought San Francisco its first World Series trophy, and because it's felt like Christmas ever since. 2010 San Francisco Giants, I salute you!