5 Reasons Why the Giants Will Be Contenders For A Long Time

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April 05, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view of a San Francisco Giants world series banner on opening day before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT

As the 2012 World Championship banner was hoisted up next to its 2010 counterpart shortly before game-time on a beautiful Friday afternoon, AT&T Park, in all its sun-soaked beauty, served a bevy of purposes; but none were more important than its hosting the rush of emotions that flowed through the heart, soul, and body of every single fan and player within the lush monument’s spacious vicinity.

It was a magical afternoon in San Francisco, as postseason hero Barry Zito – who added to his impressive streak of now fifteen wins in a row – masterfully dissected a potent St. Louis lineup on the team’s way to a 1-0 shutout victory, furthering his excellent numbers against the Redbirds, while allowing just three hits over seven strong innings during the veteran lefty’s 2013 debut.

Needless to say, San Francisco is off to a hot start; winning three of their first four, including two out of three down in Chavez Ravine.

But where does a team built on such recent success go from here?  And what is the future of the club?

To say the very least, the club’s future is looking exceptionally bright, and for a number of reasons.  However, there are five distinct factors that give the Giants an edge when discussing the future of the franchise.