Congratulations are in order for the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Rangers 3-1 Monday night to be crowned World Series champions for the first time since moving to San Francisco.
Back when I Love Lucy dominated the airwaves, the Giants won the World Series with New York as its city in 1954. Now, the Giants get to add a 2010 pennant in the city by the bay after blowing a five-run lead in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, falling in seven to the then-Anaheim Angels.
Tim Lincecum was otherworldly in his dominance of the Texas lineup, going eight strong with only a Nelson Cruz seventh-inning bomb as the blemish. Lincecum and Cliff Lee matched zeros through six before Lee gave up a three-run shot to sudden cult hero Edgar Renteria -- it being his second pivotal home run of the series.
The Giants opened the season considered weak contenders for the NL West Division. Pitching carried them all season, but in late August the club was left for dead to make the playoffs. GM Brian Sabean made a few adept moves to import offense in Babe Ru Cody Ross and Pat Burrell midseason and also finally freed Buster Posey from the minors early enough for the young catcher to make a major impact in the lineup.
Brian Wilson anchored a bullpen that got better as the year wound on, especially once Sabean added Javier Lopez from the Pirates and Ramon Ramirez from the Red Sox. The two, who had been Boston teammates in 2009, combined to shore up the middle relief and gave brilliant tactician Bruce Bochy plenty of options to play with in the later innings.
Behind Lincecum, the rotation was perhaps the best four-deep with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez emerging as weapons with Madison Bumgarner joining in on the fun in late June.
It's always fun to see a down-and-out team finally reach the Promised Land after years of suffering.
Congratulations to the Giants. You earned it.
-- Evan Brunell
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