The cockroaches that wouldn’t die – that’s how San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean described the team he built. And tonight, that never say die attitude concluded with the grandest prize of them all – a World Championship.
Despite climbing an unheard of and unscaled mountain in the National League Division Series that forced the Giants to win three straight on the road in Cincinnati, the Giants never gave in. They came back with a vengeance, but their momentum was quickly derailed after the St. Louis Cardinals put the Giants on the brink of elimination yet again. But alas, it wasn’t to be for the Red Birds as the Giants once more put together a historic comeback that resulted in their second World Series appearance in just three years.
However, unlike the stress-filled five and seven game series’ the Giants played in the first two rounds, the World Series was a welcome change. A shocking defeat of Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 1, who was outduled by Barry Zito, gave the orange and black a series lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong both put their “A” games on the table, with Matt Cain doing the same tonight – resulting in a series sweep.
The Tigers certainly didn’t go out easily, despite the 4-0 series score as the Motor City boys gave the Giants their best punch in the series’ final game, but it wasn’t enough as a Marco Scutaro single (who else) in the top of the 10th inning with two outs scored Ryan Theriot which gave the Giants the lead for the final time.
We’ll have more on the World Series victory, but for now, ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!!!