The San Francisco Giants are World Champions. This marks the team’s second championship in the past three seasons and their second since moving to San Francisco in 1958. The win on Sunday night marked their seventh title as a franchise. The Giants dominated this series. The first three games of this series were not even close as San Francisco took Game 1 by an 8-3 score and proceeded to shutout Detroit by identical 2-0 margins in Games 2 and 3, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead into Game 4 at Comerica Park.
After trading blows, the two teams were locked in a 3-3 tie going into extra innings. In the top of the tenth after a single and a bunt, Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, drove in Ryan Theriot who slid into home and ran into a pumped up visitor’s dugout. Perhaps they were so elated because they knew they were handing to ball to Sergio Romo, who has been one of the most dominant closers in the postseason. Romo struck out the side, freezing Miguel Cabrera on the final pitch of the game in an ironic twist. Buster Posey, now a two-time World Series winner at age 25, leaped into the closer’s arms and the team celebrated around them. Pablo Sandoval was named the World Series MVP, a well-deserved honor after becoming only the fourth player to hit three homeruns in a World Series game in Game 1 (Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols were the others).
First of all, congratulations to the Giants for an absolutely dominant performance. However, when all the confetti settles, I think the team, its fans and Major League Baseball will look at the possibility of a dynasty brewing out west. This team has won two World Series in three years and when that happens, there is going to be warranted attention placed upon said team. The fundamentals of the Giants are strong. They have a solid rotation led by Matt Cain that should hold up over the next couple of seasons. In addition, I fully expect Tim Lincecum to return with a vengeance next season after having a solid postseason. Buster Posey is the defending National League batting champion and Pablo Sandoval is yet another young, solid hitter in the middle of that lineup. If they can retain some important role players like Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan and grow promising first baseman Brandon Belt, this will be a team that will be tough to beat in the coming years. And of course, they’re bullpen is arguably the best in the league. I’ll go out on a limb and say they’ll win another championship in the next three seasons. They are a team built for resilience (as shown by the NLDS and NLCS comeback victories) and for the playoffs in general. They are also an exciting team that has built their roster the right way. The Giants are here to stay.