The San Francisco Giants have won their second World Series Title in three years by sweeping the Detroit Tigers in a best of seven series. Though their victory over the Tigers may seem too easy to some, their road to the World Series was definitely not.
Their first opponent in the National League Division Series was the Cincinnati Reds. The Division Series is a best out of five series and the Giants hosted the first two games. However, the team was unable to get much run support for their pitchers and soon found themselves heading back to Cincinnati down two games to none.
All that change when the Giants reach Cincinnati. With their backs against the wall facing elimination, the Giants fought back and surprised the Reds and the rest of the baseball world by winning three in a row.
Next came the National League Championship Series. The Giants’ opponents were the reigning World Series Champions the St. Louis zzCardinals. Both teams won a game in San Francisco, but the Cardinals won the first two in St. Louis. Once again the Giants had their backs to the wall facing elimination. But once again the team rose to the challenge and defeated the Cardinals in games five and six, and blowing them out in game seven.
Justin Verlander, the Tigers Ace pitcher, pitched in game one of the World Series. Some said he would dominate the Giants, but that was not the case. Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval, from Venezuela, blasted two homeruns off Verlander. He would later go on to hit another homerun in the game joining Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Sandoval would also go on to become the World Series MVP.
Marco Scutaro, also from Venezuela, was a major force in the Giants’ championship run. Scutaro, won the NLCS MVP with his 14 hits and a batting average of .500 (14 for 28). Scutaro also drove in the game-winning run in Game 4 of the World Series.
Finally there was Sergio Romo. He became the teams’ closer after Brian Wilson got injured and was out for the season. Romo seemed invincible through out playoffs and struck the three in a row in Game 4 of the World Series. The last batter he faced was Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera.
The Giants’ World Series victory may have come as a surprise to some, but not to many of their life long, die-hard fans. Many of these same fans got up early on Halloween morning to make the trip to San Francisco and congratulate their favorite team on their World Series victory.