When Brian "Fear the Beard" Wilson threw the final pitch of the 2010 World Series last night--a rocket straight down the pipe past Nelson Cruz--Giants fans worldwide rejoiced at the club's first championship since they moved west in 1958. And while it hasn't been a complete fairy-tale year for Seattle sports teams (WNBA champion Seattle Storm and first-place Seattle Seahawks, notwithstanding) it's been a phenomenal one for former (and one current) exec of the most famous local business.
Added to Storm owners and current and former Microsoft executives Lisa Brummel and Dawn Trudeau's win in September, Giants majority owner and former Microsoft bigwig Bill Neukom's World Series win marks a hat trick for the company's franchise-owning alums.
Neukom has been all smiles this postseason, his pearly cloud of hair poofing proudly and his trademark bow tie set in Giants orange-and-black.
The tie even got a mention during last night's game when it was learned that ace pitcher Tim Lincecum had taken a fashion hint from Neukom and had been sporting his own lately.
So now that Brummel, Trudeau, and Neukom each have championship rings, it seems only natural that Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks, Seattle Sounders and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen got one too. After all, simple math says he's three times more likely to do so.