No, I’m not talking about the prime-time soap opera from the 80’s–I’m talking about the San Francisco GIANTS of this decade. 3 World Series titles in 5 years. How in the world did they do it? TOGETHER. It wasn’t just a marketing slogan for the guys–it’s how they worked, how they played.
Last night’s game was a testament to that. A huge testament to that–especially when our Ace, our number 1 starter and the starting pitcher for 2 World Series games already–came into the game as a relief pitcher in the bottom of the 5th. That’s right–Bumgarner in relief–and he stayed until the last out was made. Affeldt pitched 2.1 innings and got credit for the win, Bumgarner got the save. This is BochyBall at it’s finest.
I’m not gonna lie to you–there were a couple of scary moments last night–Hudson couldn’t find his spot and ended up hitting a batter, one of the Royals batters got a hit off Bumgarner in an attempt to get a rally started–that thankfully fizzled. But the play that had us all chewing our nails–the one that had every GIANTS fan out of their seats, screaming NO!–was the Royals base hit in the bottom of the 9th, that turned into a triple when it got by Blanco. Add to that Perez kicking it away before picking it up and throwing it in–and you had the scariest moment of the entire postseason. I think the
GIANTS caught a bit of a break when the Royals 3rd base coach put up the stop sign. So, there we are, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th, Bumgarner is on the mound facing the Royals’ catcher–the guy that got hit by a pitch in the 2nd. The tying run is on 3rd base. 1 swing of the bat was all that stood between the GIANTS and the promised land. I don’t think there was a GIANTS fan anywhere in America that wasn’t at the edge of their seat–if they were even sitting. The batter chased a couple of pitches, then popped it up, down the 3rd baseline, and Pablo was underneath it–caught it and collapsed. Game over. Series over. The final score was:
It was an edge of your seat serious championship fight. Yeah, there were some scary moments, but not once, not ever did GIANTS fans stop believing.
So the big question everyone is asking: are the GIANTS a dynasty? Considering that they are only the 4th team in this century with 3 championship titles in a 5-year span–joining the Lakers, the Spurs and the Patriots, all considered dynasties in their sports–I’d say:
YES!! YES!! YES!! The GIANTS are most definitely a dynasty.