Yes, those San Francisco Giants fans SOOOOO wanted their team to be at home last night, but – hey – in the end, does it matter? The partying, the screams of joy, the rocking of that civic center… Frankly, you could feel it all the way to New Mexico! It felt like Aerosmith was back in action and giving these fans the concert of their lives. But there was no music – just a baseball team that won their second World Series in three years!
Oh, yes! The Gants did it! Last night seemed to be the only game where Detroit showed up, as the Giants swept the series 4-0.
The night was cold, the wind was absolutely whipping but the team – and I say team because with the Giants there were no superstars who were begging for the camera, just good men who worked their behinds off and came back again and again and again during this playoff season to take the big prize back to their amazing fans in San Fran – this team never said die!
When Sergio Romo struck the very last Tiger out, his face was filled with a wealth of emotion that could probably be seen from outer space. The whole team raced to him and the tears were flying as fast as the champagne was popping, celebrating the fact that the greatest thing about this baseball season was that the Giants absolutely, unequivocally deserved the World Series title.
This makes seven for this team who was counted out months ago. They were looked at as if they were nothing more than a stepping stone for other teams on the ladder of success. But thankfully, their strength brought them to the Show and brought them the ultimate joy last night.
Yesterday showed a great deal of big plays and big games for a variety of teams in the NFL, but everyone has to agree that Romo’s face will go down in history as the happiest you’ll ever see this year.
Some of the special moments included Ryan Theriot, going hitless for St. Louis in Game 7 of last year’s series, singled softly into right field to open the 10th inning; Brandon Crawford sacrificed, Angel Pagan struck out and Scutaro singled into short center field as Theriot slid home.
No surprise, Pablo Sandoval – the hero who hit three home runs in Game 1 of the Series – was selected MVP. He was 1 for 5 in Game 4, but – like the rest of this great team – when one fell behind eight others jumped up. Santiago Casilla got the final out of the ninth but, as I said before, it was Sergio Romo striking out Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, when all heck broke lose and the Giants emptied the bullpen and dugout to celebrate.
Detroit did actually make a serious effort to win this game – hoping they could bring the Series to all seven in order to show that since they swept the Yankees, they could certainly come back and get the gold from San Fran. Cabrera took that dream and ran with it for Detroit in the third, as he produced a wind-blown, two-run drive. This was the very first time San Francisco had trailed since losing Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, but they made sure that it wasn’t a spot they would be in for very long.
And when it all came down to it, the well-known “closer” for the San Francisco Giants, Sergio Romo, recorded the last out and San Francisco began to quake.
It was in 2011 when Romo became the fifth reliever to throw nine or more consecutive perfect innings, and he retired thirty straight batters in 10 innings over a wide span of fourteen games. In fact, his 2011 skill-interactive ERA remains the best of all Major League relief pitchers for the season. This whole year, Romo did not even allow an earned run until May 17th and to say he performed exceptionally well throughout the 2012 post-season is a true understatement.
In the final inning last night, he struck out three straight when it was all on the line after scorelessly closing Game 3 the night before. His three pitches are becoming legendary in the world of baseball, with a slider that sits 75-79 mph used against right handed batters, a two seam fastball sitting 90, and a change up used against left handed hitters. But his most amazing moment in this World Series battle will always remain the second the Triple Crown went down, the Tigers coach marched into the locker room and San Francisco’s second World Series in three years became an absolute reality.
Congratulations San Francisco! This is one fan who hopes that in the Super Bowl this year she can say that again, when the 49ers retake their spot at the top of the NFL food chain!
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Until Next Time, Everybody,