There is good reason to “fear the beard” now. It’s because the misfits from San Francisco are officially world champions.
It took 56 years, but it finally happened at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 of the World Series, giving them the 4-1 series win and the world championship. All of this due to getting hot at the right time with clutch hits, and breaking out possibly the best 4-man pitching rotation in playoff history.
Led by a cast of unknown characters, the Giants were able to beat Rangers ace Cliff Lee twice on their road to a world title, not an easy feat considering Lee was the best playoff pitcher the last couple of years. Outfielder Cody Ross, released earlier in the season by the Florida Marlins, was huge in the postseason with a .294 batting average and 5 home runs. Commander Cody was also named MVP of the NLDS. Shortstop Edgar Renteria became the 4th player in history to have a game-winning hit in 2 different World Series contests, he had the series clincher in 1997 against the Cleveland Indians as a member of the Marlins. Renteria’s 3-run shot in Game 5 sealed the deal for the Giants and was named series MVP for his efforts. Rookie catcher Buster Posey is a star in the making. The former 1st round pick was solid in the playoffs, hitting .288 with 1 home run and 5 RBI.
The Giants pitching was the difference. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner simply shut down opposing offenses during their title run. In the finale, Lincecum struck out 10 and keep the Rangers off balanced all game long. I love watching great pitching, and it was on display during the entire series. This is a young rotation that could be a force for years to come.
Witnessing 2 of the best pitchers today dueling it out in Game 5 was classic. While the Giants were celebrating, Lee sat down at his locker and was devastated by the loss. Now we just wait and see what the future holds for Lee and whether he will still be a Ranger once spring training begins.
At the same time, the celebration continued for the Giants, which later spilled onto the field in front of the San Francisco fans that made the trip to the Lone Star State. There was one sign in the crowd that summed it up best, “56 years of torture is over.”
The “outcast and misfits” now have a new nickname, world champions.
Written by C. James
*The last time the Giants were World Series champions was 1954, when they were known as the New York Giants.