Despite all the analysts saying they couldn’t come back when they had their backs against the wall, despite the odds stacked against them, the San Francisco Giants managed to win the World Series.
After having to come back to win their NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds and the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, I expected the World Series to be six games. I was wrong. The Giants crushed the Detroit Tigers in the first three games, and won game 4, and the World Series, in heart-stopping fashion, in the 10th inning. Despite scoring their early runs in game 4 by home runs (as did the Tigers), they won on a play that was their signature, the reason they couldn’t be stopped: the hit and run, batting in the winning run, using smart hitting, fast base running, and sheer determination.
Detroit, for what it’s worth, was the best team in the American league. They crushed the New York Yankees in four games. However, that may have proven to be their undoing; when both teams are coming off of four or five game league championship series, both are in the same position. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Giants were coming off of an improbable run just to get to the World Series, and they had learned their lesson; never let your passion go.
That passion led to a sweep, unlike any other. The Giants seemingly out-dueled them in every aspect, including the ability to come back when Detroit finally got the lead in game 4. I almost imagine the Giants were thinking, when they went into extra innings, “all right, they’ve had their fun: our turn.”
I want to end on a high note, but first want to acknowledge a few low ones. Firstly, the ratings for this year’s World Series were historically low, which is not an indictment of either team; interest was just lowered, probably by the fact that Detroit had been heavily favored for the season, and the Giants had won it in 2010. Secondly, the Giants’ victory comes on a day when millions of people are about to be tremendously effected by Hurricane Sandy, and for them, there is no elation from any sporting event; I wish them all the luck and support I can give.
On a high note, the World Series is not everything; the players will return to their normal lives, their spouses, their kids, or their nights out on the town, whichever applies. There is nothing quite like watching your team win the World Series, and I can only imagine what it’s like to be on the team. I hope that this makes their lives that much brighter as they live their day to day lives, since they deserve it.