Going into today, there had been 35 teams that had a 3-0 lead in the World Series. 32 of them made it a sweep. And tonight, the San Francisco Giants made it 33. In the best game of the Series, the Giants took an early lead, fell behind, went ahead again, and won it in extra innings when former Cub Ryan Theriot crossed home plate in the top of the 10th inning. The scoring started off in the second inning. Underpants led off with a blast to the deepest part of Comerica park, landing on the warning track and bouncing into the stands for a ground rule double. Brandon Belt would triple him home. The Tigers would strike back in the third. Miguel Cabrera would loft one to right field..... and it kept going and going for a very unexpected but much needed two run home run. Buster Posey would then counter with a two run homer of his own in the 6th with Marco Scutaro on board. 3-2 Giants. Delmon Young would knot it up in the bottom of the inning. It would stay that way until "The Riot" scorned and lauched at by many for being the DH, would lead off with a single. Very underrated Barandon Crawford would sacrifice him over and Marco Scutaro would end his amazing playoffs with the winning RBI single to center. Sergio Romo came on in the 10th and went 1-2-3, including a strikeout of triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera to ice the championship.
THE STUD- Well, Panda won the MVP, Scutaro was nails all October, and then there's all that great starting pitching. But for tonight, let's give it to Jeremy Affeldt. Affeldt came on for Matt Cain in the 8th inning. After a leadoff walk, a "dreaded" leadoff walk, Affeldt struck out Cabrera, Fielder, and Delmon Young. With the lead run on in the 8th he mowed down 3-4-5. Everyone knew the Tigers were on their last grains of sand then. Affeldt was a big time prospect who never made it as a starter. Most would call him a disappointment. Some would call him a bust. Tonight he was the lynchpin in the game clinching victory. Every player counts. Good for him.
THE DUD- Prince Fielder. 0 fer 4 with two strikeouts. Batted a robust .071, or 1/4th of his weight. I guess the good news is he has 7 years to try and make people forget it? I guess.... They don't get there without him. But he's going to have a long winter. And just the idea of when.....or even if..... he can make up for this awful World Series is going to be very hard to take.
THE IN BETWEEN- NBC won the rights to the English Premier league and all I could think of was "One less Sport on Fox". Between their constant use of sports to promote their awful, demeaning sitcoms, their awful anthem and God Bless America singers, the clueless sideline reporter Erin Andrews, to their penchant for over using close-ups, Fox has engineered a broadcast that actually takes away from my enjoyment of my favorite sports' showcase. Shame on them. Baseball is story telling. Tell the story, get out of the way, and let the characters deliver the drama.
So congrats to the San Francisco Giants. As a National league guy, I'm happy to keep the hardware on this side of the ledger. The Giants were a fun team, with quirky personalities, lots of hair, and solid fundamentals. And now it's on to the off season. My friend Scott Grayson once told me that baseball in the off season is better than any other sport in the regular season. I've kind of adopted that saying as my own. Wishlists, rumors, analasys, throw in some dreaming and building up hopes, should be a blast. Luckily, we have Arguello and Loxas, who specialize in all of it. It's gonna be fun.
Goodnight Baseball 2012.