The Padres fired Bruce Bochy in 2006 after he led them to the playoffs and lost to the eventual champ, the Cardinals. The Giants couldn’t believe their good fortune (or the Padres’ misguided decision), scooping up Bochy to be their skipper. It’s been a magical ride since the comical Bochy arrived in the Bay Area. In 2 of the past 3 seasons, the Giants have advanced to the World Series, winning the 2010 title by beating the Rangers. They are standing on the verge again.