October 29, 2012
Sunday night, we saw a champion get crowned in Major League Baseball as the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers out of the World Series to win their second title in three seasons. The Giants won Game 4 4-3 in 10 innings to complete an almost impossible run to the title that looked all but over in numerous occasions. We can go as far back as the regular season, when the Giants lost arguably their best player, outfielder Melky Cabrera, to a 50-game suspension for illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). That was followed by seeing the Giants’ chief rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, go and bring in half of the Boston Red Sox roster in an attempt to make a quick run at the title. When all of those moves were made, it was a forgone conclusion the Dodgers would run away with the National League West. Instead, it was the Giants who ran away with the division and they also officially ended L.A.’s hope of making the playoffs with a victory in Dodger Stadium. Then came the improbable playoff run, starting when San Francisco staved off elimination three times in the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds to win that series 3-2. It’s one thing to win that series after being down 2-0, but it’s another thing to win all three games on the road in Cincinnati. That’s what the Giants had to do to keep their season alive. After that, the Giants were able to complete another comeback in the NL Championship Series against the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals. They were down 3-1 in that series, only to comeback in win that series 4-3. In the last three games of the series, the Giants outscored the Cardinals 20-1. Of course the epic conclusion of the Giants’ improbable run came on Sunday night, when they were able to win the World Series in impressive fashion. All you can say about this run is it was unbelievable and it was one of the most impressive displays of heart and determination ever seen in sports. Just when you thought it was time for the Giants to go home, they just kept coming back from the dead. They won their last seven playoff games, something we haven’t seen done since the Red Sox did it in their World Series run back in 2007. The Giants aren’t one of those teams that use the home-run ball to blow out their opponents. They use good pitching, defense, and play “small ball” really well. One thing is for sure, it’s hard to argue the Giants weren’t a team of destiny when you look at the track they took to get to the championship. I congratulate the San Francisco Giants for winning the World Series and putting a run together a lot of us won’t soon forget.
By Charles Taylor