1962. In 2002, Bonds Co. led the Angels 5 0 in the seventh inning of Game 6 before letting that edge and Game 7 slip away.
ARLINGTON, Texas The prize that eluded Willie and Barry at long last belongs to the San Francisco Giants, thanks to a band of self described castoffs and misfits and their shaggy haired ace.
Texas became the latest Series newcomer to make a quick exit. Nike Force Men
Renteria reprised his role of post season star. His 11th inning single ended Game 7 of the 1997 World Series and lifted Florida over Cleveland. Forget that he made the last out in the 2004 Series that finished Boston sweep of St. Louis this journeyman path led to another title, helped by his go ahead home run in Game 2.
And just like that, all the Giants past troubles seemed like ancient history.
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Lincecum outduelled Cliff Lee in an every pitch matters matchup that was scoreless until Renteria hit a stunning three run homer with two outs in the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz homered in the bottom half, but Lincecum returned to his wicked self and preserved the lead.
Many years ago, one swing of the bat prompted a call that resonates throughout Giants history and beyond.
That put a runner at second base for the first time in the game and brought up Huff, who led the Giants in home runs this year. So what did he do? He expertly put down the first sacrifice bunt of his career.
Lincecum won this game of Texas Hold beating Lee for the second time in a week. The two time NL Cy Young winner gave up three hits over eight innings and struck out 10.
Come the playoffs, they became dangerous. Any well armed team is. Start with Matt Cain three post season starts, a 0.00 ERA. Throw in Lincecum, the two time Cy Young winner. Add Madison Bumgarner, the 21 year old rookie who helped blank Texas in Game 4.
It was an overdue victory the Giants last wore the crown in 1954, four years before they moved west. So much for a franchise that never quite got it done in October despite the likes of baseball giants Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Juan Marichal. It November, and now new names stand tall in San Francisco.
So clang the cable car bells. Loudly, too. Baseball best play in the Bay.
The Giants won their previous title when they played in New York at the Polo Grounds. That where Mays raced back for perhaps the most famous catch of all time.
Brian Wilson closed for a save, completing a surprising romp through the post season for a pitching rich team that waited until the final day to clinch a playoff spot.
of big league Alcatraz the place where teams get stuck for decades as also rans. The Red Sox and White Sox got free, not so the Cubs and Indians.
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The Rangers franchise wrapped up its 50th season overall, seemingly in good hands with Nolan Ryan as president and part owner. If only Big Tex could Nike Air Force 1 Low Pink And Black teach his team to hit, too.
San Francisco posted a trio of one run wins in the opening round that sent Atlanta manager Bobby Cox into retirement, then stopped the two time defending NL champion Phillies in the championship series. Those wins, like this came on the road.
Houston (2005) and Colorado (2007) got swept in their first appearances, Tampa Bay (2008) stuck around for just five games. The AL champion Rangers became the first team since 1966 to get shut out twice in a World Series, with big hitters Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Cruz left taking half swings or flailing wildly.
Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! announcer Russ Hodges shouted over and over after Bobby Thomson launched Shot Heard the World in 1951. No matter that
Exactly when these Giants turned into world beaters is hard to say. Trailing San Diego by 7 games in the NL West on July 4, they meandered in the wild card race until the stretch run, winning the division and finishing 92 70.
The Giants earned their sixth title overall, joining the likes of Christy Mathewson, Mel Ott and John McGraw as champs, and tying them for third with the Red Sox by the Yankees (27) and Cardinals (10). They also helped ease the gloating that blew from across the Bay, where the Oakland Athletics won three straight crowns in the mid 1970s and swept the Giants in the earthquake interrupted 1989 Series.
In the Year of the Pitcher, the World Series proved the oldest adage in the game: Good pitching stops good hitting, every time. Lincecum and the team with the best ERA in the big leagues completely shut down Josh Hamilton and the club with the majors top batting average.
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Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and Giants won the World Series on Monday night, beating the Texas Rangers 3 1 in a tense Game 5 and taking the trophy home to the city by the Bay for the first time.
A team seemingly free of egos did everything right to take the lead. Ross, the suprising MVP of the NL championship series, stayed square and hit a leadoff single and Juan Uribe followed with another hit up the middle.
Lee struck out Pat Burrell to keep the runners put, but Ross began hopping home as soon as Renteria connected, sending a drive that kept sailing and landed over the left centre field wall.
Manager Bruce Bochy enjoys calling his Giants a ragtag bunch. Maybe Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez fit that description. But the foundation of this club for now, for the foreseeable future is totally home grown, built on a deep, talented and young rotation, a rookie catcher with huge star potential and their bearded closer.
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