Posted by BaconSlayer09
On October 2nd, 1954, the New York baseball Giants finished off a 4 game sweep of the Cleveland Indians for their 5th World Series in a span 50 years. Great moments like “The Catch” by Willie Mays have embedded the Giants into the eternal storybook of the World Series. However, since that fateful October day, the Giants have been kept away from the World Series trophy – until today.
When Brian Wilson (maybe he will begin a new trend of playoff beards in baseball) struck out Nelson Cruz on a high 90 MPH slider in the bottom of the 9th inning of game 5, the futility was broken. The Giants, backed by World Series MVP Edgar Renteria’s 3-run home run in the 7th, are back on top of the baseball world.
Renteria has been nothing short of awful since 2008 (especially for his $10 million salary these past two years). However, he is not a stranger to postseason heroics (see 1997 World Series). The 34 year old Shortstop came through in this World Series when both Pablo Sandoval and Mike Fontenot proved to be ineffective at 3B throughout the postseason. Manager Bruce Bochy then moved NLCS hero Juan Uribe to third and Renteria to SS. The move definitely paid off, as Renteria hit .412 in the series with two key home runs in two close games. Renteria’s dinger in game 5 was enough for the Giants to hand two losses to Rangers ace Cliff Lee, who was nearly flawless in all of his previous postseason starts.
The World Series victory for the Giants is almost a miracle, as they were far back of the Padres in the standings late in August. Thanks to a 10 game losing streak by the Padres and some incredible pitching, the Giants clinched the NL West on the last day of the season. They then finished off the Braves in 4 and shut down the defending NL champion Phillies in the NLCS.
While this World Series was far from exciting (the Giants outscored the Rangers 29 to 12), it is still the World Series. As avid baseball fans and unbiased spectators of this series, we here at Pine Tar and Pocket Protectors would like to congratulate the San Francisco Giants on their 2010 World Series Championship.
I now leave you with this well done video – Enjoy and to the off-season we go. As a side note, I bet the guy who wears the “Let Tim Smoke” t-shirt in the video is voting yes to Prop. 19 tomorrow.