Here's where the story ends. Giants 4 Tigers 3.

Here's where the story ends. Giants 4 Tigers 3.

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.

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  • Werewolves sweep the zombies! Some say this can never happen, but the conditions favored the furry critters. Fox's coverage was a horrorshow, that alone favored a sweep.

  • In reply to eddie35:

    Agreed. Have long thought Brennaman was a terrible announcer.

  • Just think, Alfonso Soriano veto a trade to the Giants in July because he did not want to play in cold weather.

  • Funniest thing I saw from this postseason was video from the Giants locker room after the win over the Cards:

    http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/tim_lincecum_knows_what_a_chick_feels_like_after_being_sprayed_in_face/11939029

  • Hey Felzz, I read your posts all along. If I didn't comment, it was because what you wrote said it all. Especially on the TV broadcasts--A Pox on Fox !

    p.s. Instead of Pox Network, I listened online to the excellent radio team of the Giants on MLB. Maybe we can get Jon Milller in the TV booth if my choice, Doug Glanville, doesn't get or take the job.

    Thanks for your work on the postseason writeups and all the rest.

  • Hey Felzz, I read your posts all along. If I didn't comment, it was because what you wrote said it all. Especially on the TV broadcasts--A Pox on Fox !

    p.s. Instead of Pox Network, I listened online to the excellent radio team of the Giants on MLB. Maybe we can get Jon Miller in the TV booth if my choice, Doug Glanville, doesn't get or take the job.

    Thanks for your work on the postseason writeups and all the rest.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I listen to Jon Miller all the time out here. The Giants have some really fine broadcasters with Miller, Dave Fleming, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow (none of whom I can see leaving the bay area).

    One this these four radio & tv guys are allowed to do is get together on tv after each game in a booth and discuss the game in depth. That would be cool to have it done for the Cubs.

  • Oops ! Double post. At least I increased the number of comments by 20 percent.

  • Yeah no kidding. Next year I'm just going to headline all my posts "Arguello discusses minor league pitchers" and watch the comments flow.....

    In all seriousness, it was a dud of a world series, unless of course you have a rooting interest in the Giants. I tried listening to whoever and Oral Hersheiser ( was it Dan Shulman...) but the games just didn't hold my attention enough to merit it.

    Thanks Hubbs for the following and the feedback and the discussions and everything. This has been a fun time.

    Man I wish there was hockey....

  • In reply to felzz:

    It's more like when you write a recap of how the Cubs win the World Series victory, then the comments will REALLY flow!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Who WAS doing the recaps in '08?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Who was doing the recaps in 1908?

  • Not completely sold on a 4 or 5 year rebuilding plan. The only returning Giants' player from their championship season TWO years ago is Buster Posey...ALL other players are new. The Cubs match up well NOW with position players vs the Giants. The GROSS difference is PITCHING PITCHING PITCHING.

  • I have to echo Kenny's sentiments. I've been reading each update, but just haven't had much to add. We're lucky to have the writing corps we see every day with John, Tom, and Felzz.

    I've decided that next year when I have to teach about yellow journalism in class, I'm just going to use the Tribune's sports coverage. I love how the Tribune has turned Theriot into the hero of the past two world series, never mind the fact that the Giants felt they needed an upgrade over him and obtained Scutaro, and the Cardinals were one win away from a return to the series without him this year. Never mind that he's become a journeyman utility guy that has been passed from team to team ever since he was traded to LA, even though the Tribune would like to think that he somehow left the Cubs for each of the past three seasons. I'm not exactly sure what the Tribune has to gain by trashing the Cubs front office every day, but I suppose they have their reasons. I've never paid for their service, and will try my hardest not to return to their site.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    Cubsden (chicagonow) is a trib site you return to often.

  • Good pitching beats good hitting once again. Fielder, Cabrera, and others looked overmatched. Theriot showed some value and a team first attitude, but did not have a choice I suppose.

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