(Would it not be awesome if the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl right after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series? I’m just saying.)
Talk about an incredible playoff run.
Of course, it’s never good when your team has to fight from behind for two straight series, but staving off elimination for six straight games is an incredible feat. Then, to just simply dominate the Tigers for a World Series sweep shows the Giants’ mettle, playoff savvy and even moxie.
Winning two championships in three seasons is a testament to the way this team is run.
These guys were just here two years ago when they beat the Rangers, and like this year, the Giants’ roster was constructed with castoffs and journeymen. Guys like Mark Scutaro (big impact this postseason, including the World Series-winning RBI single), Gregor Blanco and Hunter Pence made significant contributions. Even a guy like Pablo Sandoval, who didn’t even play in the ‘10 World Series, turned in an 8-for-16 performance with three homers in Game 1 to claim the MVP. In fact, Buster Posey was the only key returning hitter from the 2010 team.
By the way, the series was over after Sandoval crushed Justin Verlander twice and the Giants whipped the Tigers in Game 1. There seemed to be a sense that, after this game, the Giants knew they were the better team.
Then there’s the pitching. Probably my favorite current player in baseball, Tim Lincecum is a joy to watch, even if he has been relegated to the bullpen. He’s brash, but understated. He was very effective, striking out eight and walking just one in 4 2/3 innings of relief work. Oh yeah, and Matt Cain pitched the way playoff baseball demands.
The Giants didn’t win the series because Detroit went cold. The Giants won because their pitching staff came up with an approach and game plan that completely boggled the Tigers’ hitters. There was obvious frustration on the Tigers’ part. Even in the clinching game, The Giants got through the heart of Detroit’s order when it mattered with swinging strikeouts and all three Tigers were furious.
It didn’t seem fair when the Phillies won their first World Series in forever on a rainy, crummy night. It almost didn’t seem fair that the Giants’ dominating run came to fruition on a night when the wind was howling on a cold, clammy night either, and on the Tigers’ field, no less.
The Giants’ run is reminiscent of the Red Sox in 2004. Boston erased a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees (the first team ever to do that), then promptly crushed the St. Louis Cardinals in a World Series Sweep. The Red Sox won a second title in 2007.
Now these Giants have their second in three years. Way to go San Francisco.