I think the best word to describe the last week of Giants’ baseball is “Epic”. Epic wins. An epic series. An epic sweep! Heck, I never lost faith in our boys, even when they were down to the Cards in the NLCS. I knew they could hang in there, make it to the series and win. But would I ever have fathomed a sweep? Heck no, not even I, the ultimate of all ultimate optimists saw this one coming!
In just four games, over a five day period, our San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions once again, for the second time in just three years. It’s hard to express the joy I feel. I may even have shed a tear or two after that last out in the 10th inning, while Buster ran and he and Romo embraced like long lost brothers. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.
The critics were against us. The East Coast media commentators were against us. Even the odds were against us. It was certainly hard to see coming off of last season, and the beginning of this season. So many new players, and injuries. It seemed to be a rebuilding year for sure. But never, ever count out the Giants. They never cease to amaze!
The Giants are a team built on team work. Sure, there were hall of fame worthy performances by the likes of the Panda, hitting three home runs in game one, and some MVP worthy performances by unlikely hero Marco Scutaro. Then, there was the winning run by Ryan Theriot, and the unlikeliest of heroes Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong.
Let’s face it, at the beginning of last season, both Vogelsong and Zito were has beens. But then, Vogelsong did surprisingly well on the mound and even earned a spot in the All Star game. But at the beginning of this season, Zito was still taking up space on a picthing roster that, thanks to the lackluster season of Tim Lincecum, was starting to leave a bit to be desired. But then, Zito stepped up to fill a void when it looked like even young ace Madison Baumgartner might be in trouble. Magically, everything came together in the Series. Zito, Vogelsong, Baumgartner and Cain looked like four of the best starting pitchers in baseball. And Lincecum shone as their reliever. It was a fairy tale series pitching wise and a really exciting preview of what’s to come next year! If everyone continues to shine, including our beloved closer Sergio Rome, who also did a superb job, and Brian Wilson is back on the mound as well (fingers crossed, I sure do miss him!) the Giants are bound to once again have one of the best bull pens in baseball.
And, they will continue to be a team to be reckoned with in 2013. But for now, we have an entire year to enjoy being World Series Champions. And some brooms to raise on Halloween! Don’ you just love being a Giants fan?