The San Francisco Giants were in contention for most of the 2010 season until a dismal month of August where they went just 13-15 set them back.
It’s right about then that the baseball world counted them out.
No way could a team with so little offensive firepower make it to the playoffs. Not to mention all of the close one-run games they were playing that announce Duane Kuiper often referred to as torture.
But the baseball world was wrong.
The Giants came roaring back with an 18-8 month of September, which coupled with the collapse of the division-leading San Diego Padres set up a thrilling finish.
On the final day of the regular season, the Giants shutout the Padres 3-0 to clinch the division.
Tim Lincecum threw a complete-game shutout in the first game of the NLDS and that set the tone for an improbable October run that ended in a World Series title.
With a mix of ragtag veterans that no one else seemed to want and homegrown stars like Buster Posey, Matt Cain and Lincecum, the Giants rose to the top of the MLB world.
That would serve as a fitting prelude to how badly the baseball world would underestimate the San Francisco Giants in 2012.