Giants baseball: Rapture!!!!
It’s over. They’ve done it. And I’m still trying to make sure it’s real.
The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions.
Fifty-six years in the waiting for Giants fans, 52 years for San Francisco Giants, and 37 years for this Giants fan.
The only thing that would make this better is if I had put $100 on the Giants to win the Series back at the start of the season.
I don’t know what the odds were, but I’m pretty sure you could have got good odds on that happening back in March.
And if I had put another $50 on Edgar Renteria being the Series MVP, I’d be sitting on a pretty big winning pot.
But that’s the way it’s gone for this group. The only thing we can expect is the unexpected.
EDGAR THE MVP?!?!?
Edgar Renteria started the season hot and he was still hitting .320 on April 30 when he strained his groin. He rested the injury for five days before returning on May 6. Then he aggravated the injury and went on the 15-day DL.
The Giants activated him from the DL on May 22. On May 26, he strained his hamstring, and he went back on the DL.
He was activated on June 16, but struggled after returning from the DL.
On August 11, he landed back on the DL a left biceps strain.
He was activated on September 1, but only because rosters were expanded.
He started only seven games in September and none after Sept. 17 because of an inflamed elbow.
He played on Oct. 1 to show he was ready to be on the postseason roster. There was some talk about leaving him off the postseason reason. But there were no better options, so Renteria was put on the roster.
Then in Game 2 of the NLDS, Renteria came in as a pinch-hitter in the 10th and dropped down a bunt single. But the Giants couldn’t get him home. On the first ball put in play in the 11th was a groundout to short. On that play, Renteria suffered a torn biceps tendon. But he played on.
He started Games 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the NLCS. He started all five games at short in the World Series, delivering a key home run in Game 2, going 3 for 4 in Game 4 and then the huge three-run home run in Game 5.
Renteria became the fourth player to have the game-winning RBI in two Series clinching wins, joining — get this — Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra.
Well done, Edgar.
And, of course, Renteria’s three-run blast came with two outs.
Just like the Giants have done all postseason. In the Series, 17 of 29 runs scored were with two outs.
FOX: YOU GUYS STINK!
Giants fans were flying high. Edgar Renteria just hit a 3-run homer, giving Tim Lincecum a three-run cushion.
It’s the bottom of the seventh. Nelson Cruz just homered to make 3-1 San Francisco. After a walk, the Rangers have a runner on first and one out. The Giants are seven outs away from the World Series title.
Then Fox went and did it. They threw up a graphic: World Series fact: The last team to come back from a deficit of three runs or more in the seventh inning or later: Game 6 of the 2002 World Series.
That graphic went up, and I actually averted my eyes for a moment.
After Lincecum struck out David Murphy, Joe Buck commented on that graphic, noting that “it’s not a graphic that Giants fans want to read.”
My wife, not the keenest baseball observer, wondered why Giants fans would be upset by that graphic, because the Giants were leading at the time the graphic went up. She didn’t catch that the Angels rallied against the Giants.
So she asked me to clarify. I simply mumbled “I don’t know.”
BOCHY AND A TOUCH OF TORTURE
I don’t want to be the guy who is second-guessing Bruce Bochy. The Giants manager has made all the right moves this postseason.
But when Brian Wilson came out in the ninth, I winced. Lincecum had only thrown 101 pitches at that point. He could have throw 120 or more. He had mystified Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero all night. They were the first two up in the ninth.
I agreed with Tim McCarver. I would have let Lincecum face those guys. If either got on, then go to Wilson.
And if Bochy was going to go to the pen, why not go with Javier Lopez to face Hamilton, then go to Wilson.
But Bochy called on Wilson, and what happened? Wilson set the Rangers down 1-2-3.
That was back-to-back 1-2-3 outings from Wilson in Texas.
Yeah, yeah, Wilson did push Nelson Cruz to a 3-2 count.
But then he reared back and blew it past Cruz.
Torture no more. Only Rapture!!!!!