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SF Giants. 2010 World Series Champions.

First World Series Championship win since moving to San Francisco. How’s that for ending a 56-year torture?

A lot of people doubted the so-called team of misfits, but the Giants moved they way up and up until they won the best title of all: World Series Champions. And they did it in uncanny fashion, as uncanny as their clubhouse is.

World Series Game 1, the anticipated pitchers’ duel slash battle of the Cy Young kings was nothing but a collective team effort game. But the reigning Cy Young king held on to get the win for the Giants, 11-7, against the Texas Rangers and Cliff Lee.

Then there came Matt Cain for Game 2. It’d be impossible not to see posters and signs saying, “YES WE CAIN.” More than winning, Matt Cain shut the Rangers down on their 9-0 victory. He only gave up four hits in his 7.2IP.

Both teams had to travel to Arlington for Game 3 where the Rangers fans had their first taste of a World Series game at home. They also had their first World Series (game) win as the Rangers halted the red hot Giants on their 4-2 victory.

World Series Game 4 made history in so many ways, from the ceremonial pitch to the last out. Albeit being just 21 years old, Game 4 starter Madison Bumgarner claimed the mound as if he was a post-season veteran. His stance would even remind one of Andy Pettitte. What’s more? He pitched an 8-inning shutdown allowing only 3 hits with 2 walks. And the offense drove in 4 runs while the Rangers had nothing on board, especially having The Beard Master seal the game.

Both Madison Bumgarner and Brian Wilson’s ERAs are frozen at 0.00. The Giants are still leading the series, 3-1, against the Texas Rangers.

Game 5 was a rematch of the aces. It’s how Game 1 should’ve been like. Cliff Lee was supposed to help the Texas Rangers win. He did help them, in a way. Cliff Lee even showed off his claw in the third inning, which would remind us of 2009 World Series Game 1 in the eight inning when he caught Robinson Cano’s ball behind his back.

It was a battle of Cy Young kings. But kings do need their respective armies to step up. Cliff Lee came short of his when the Rangers’ bats were silenced by his successor, Tim Lincecum.

The Freak may have given up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz, but it was not enough for the Rangers to surpass nor at least tie the 3-run homer by Edgar Renteria off Cliff Lee. Besides, that was the third and last hit Tim Lincecum allowed. The shortest Giant struckout 10 Rangers in eight solid innings.

The game was only three outs away.

Miracles do happen in Baseball, but that was quite impossible when Brian Wilson stepped on the mound. Surely, every Rangers fan and those in their clubhouse finally realized that “Fear the Beard” does make sense. The Beard Master was as reliable as Mariano Rivera.

The ninth seemed like just a second-long inning. Strikeout. Groundout. What’s next? Nelson Cruz, who in his last at-bat hit a solo shot, was in the batter’s box. Brian Wilson didn’t care, so what happened? Nelson Cruz struckout swinging. It seemed like a routine last inning, but it was the final out of the game. And too bad for the Rangers, it was the final out of the series.

Game over. World Series over. The San Francisco Giants are the 2010 World Series Champions.


World Series Game 4 Giant Ingredient: Battery of Rookies

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How
many young pitchers have started in a World Series game? There were only
three before Game 4 of this season, all 20-year old in age Then there came Madison
Bumgarner, a 21-year old lefty. Yes, Game 4 was a battery of rookies
with Buster Posey catching.

Baseball
is Baseball. Rookie or not, a player has to go out there and play his
role. And Bumgarner did his impressively. He carried himself with ease
that he could be mistaken as a veteran, of which he would remind you of
Andy Pettitte.

He may have walked the first batter without throwing a
strike but it was 3-up, 3-down first inning, thanks to the double play.
Ian Kinsler was the only other batter that he walked. No one even
stepped on second base except for Michael Young, simply because of Juan Uribe’s
error in the seventh inning.

Josh Hamilton tried to steal second base, but Buster
Posey was such a thief buster. Hamilton was the third out of the
fourth inning.

As dominating like an ace Bumgarner may be, he
still needed the help of his defense, which really stepped up for some
dazzling favour. There were the double plays, Freddy Sanchez’ impressive
stop in the second inning, and Cody Ross’ diving catch in the fifth
inning.

The
Giants offense were also good though not so productive. Two Giants hit
their first post-season home runs, a 2-run homer by Aubrey Huff in the
third inning and a solo shot by Buster Posey in the eight. The other run
was generated by Edgar Renteria, thanks to his quick jump to steal second base.
Andres Torres, who got the RBI, went for double.

Madison Bumgarner left the game on 8IP
with just 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, three of which were to Vladimir
Guerrero, and definitely no run. By the way, Bumgarner’s post-season
ERA is still frozen at 0.00. Brian Wilson, the ever reliable Giant
closer, stepped on the mound in the ninth inning to seal the game in his
3-up, 3-down performance with two strikeouts. His post-season ERA is
also frozen at 0.00.

Game
4 was definitely in the books, from the ceremonial first pitch to game
proper, which had a lot to offer including the second World Series
shutout of the Giants, their fourth in the post-season.

Among
the great moments of the World Series Game 4, my favourite would always
be what the Giants gave the world – a rookie starter with the spirit of
a post-season veteran.