When you think “San Francisco Giants,” you don’t think “dynasty,” right? Sure, they won the World Series two years ago, but that was their first title since 1954, and first since moving across the country from New York. Well… time to adjust that thinking, because the Giants are on top of the baseball world for the second time in three years. They beat the Tigers tonight in 10 innings, 4-3, for the franchise’s seventh overall title… and the continuation of what’s becoming one of the most remarkable runs for any baseball team in years.
It was a remarkable run all postseason for the Giants – they were down 2-0 to the Reds… then they couldn’t lose, taking the series in five. They were down 3-1 to the Cardinals… then they dominated the rest of the way. And against the Tigers in the World Series, they dominated all the way – or at least dominated the Tigers’ offense, nearly to the extent the Tigers silenced the Yankees’ bats in the ALCS. Giants closer Sergio Romo finishing the title run off by striking out the side in the 10th – capped with sending down Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera looking – was a fitting end. See it here:
And the result was an increasingly familiar sight: the Giants celebrating a championship. No team has won two World Series in three years since the Yankees three-peated from 1998 to 2000. There’s no guarantee the Giants will be back in this position any time soon, but there’s certainly reason to believe they’ll be in the hunt, with young players like Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey around (and guys like Matt Cain pitching, and Tim Lincecum presumably regaining his form). If the Giants can win the World Series when the guy who was once their unquestioned ace has a season like Lincecum did, what could they do with him back at full strength?
Interesting hypotheticals for the future. For now, it’s the Giants’ time to celebrate. And don’t be surprised if there are more celebrations like it in the coming years.
Getty photo, by Christian Petersen