After having to go the full 5 in the NLDS then 7 in the NLCS, the Giants weren't about to be turned away on the biggest stage in baseball. Now, Giants fans all over the world gets to bust out the party hats and celebrate their second World Series victory in three seasons.
I must say, I really had no idea what to expect in this World Series coming in. After the Giants fought back in both their previous series' to get to this position, I knew they were going to put up a fight, but I honestly had no idea we'd see this kind of dominance over the team that was clearly the AL's best. The Giants showed they were a team on a mission though, and played really exceptional baseball all-around this whole October. The thing that I really liked about this squad was that they didn't just rely on one or two big hitters in their lineup to support them like Detroit did. Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval were really excellent throughout this postseason, but the Giants won this year because they had multiple guys step up to pick up slack when they had to. Look no further than Game 4 of this series and the defense the team played and how this team got on the board. Brandon Crawford made two plays to rob base hits from Detroit, which if he doesn't make, may have opened the flood gates for the Tigers. Then the other Brandon came up with the huge RBI Triple to knock in Pence for the first run of the game and set the tone for the Giants. I mean, I could go on and on about all the different players who helped make this happen, but I'd have a hard time stopping.
When trying to compare this team to the one that won the 2010 Series, I certainly see some comparisons, but there is also some major differences. The thing about this years team that was so darn impressive was that they overcame the loss of their closer in the first week of the season and still put up one of the best bullpens in baseball. Then they lose the league's leading hitter right when they're getting ready to enter the stretch drive and instead of weighing them down, it propelled them to their best run of the season. Although the whole roster has to be credited for staying focused, the man at the top, Bruce Bochy, had as big a hand in this championship as anyone. Talk about pushing all the right buttons! Sticking with Blanco in left even when he wasn't hitting down the stretch played out huge in the playoffs. His defense was highlighted throughout the month. Then there's the way he handled the bullpen after losing Wilson. Boch knew exactly the kind of team he had and knew the right recipe to garner success out of everyone. Again, there is so much I could talk about, but we'll have the whole offseason to further examine this one and the direction the Giants will head for 2013 as they try and take this run into Dynasty Mode!
I just want to give a big congrats to all the diehards out there who stuck by the team since day one, when Wilson went down and things looked a little uncertain. When Lincecum was struggling and people where begging for his removal from the rotation. After all the struggles Barry Zito has went through in his career in the orange and black. For the incredible road Ryan Vogelsong has taken to get to where he is. I mean, the stories can go on forever. This one felt good, and let's all go rock the city for the parade on Wednesday!
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