Baseball newest dynasty is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants captured their 3rd World Series in 5 years. They have been on a quite a run the last five years. This season was a wild one for Giants. They lost the division title to the Los Angeles Dodgers after leading the division for half the season. Thus causing them to play in the play-in wild card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and that’s when everything changed.
The goal is just to make it to the playoffs and take your chances once you’ve made it to the dance. The Giants had the mindset when they went into Pittsburgh with a chance to advance to the NLDS. The Giants had their ace Madison Bumgarner pitch for them in a win or go home game, which would be a foreshadowing of what would come to be. Bumgarner was brilliant in the play-in wild card game, the Pirates had no answer for him. The Giants advanced to face the best team in the National League the Washington Nationals. The Giants played the longest game in baseball history in game 2 by winning an 18 inning game that lasted over six hours! The Giants won the series 3-1 versus the Nationals. Up next were the St. Louis Cardinals who’ve had just beaten the favorite Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Giants continued to play great baseball and eliminate the Cardinals in grand fashion with a walk off home run to send them to the World Series which was reminiscent of Bobby Thompson’s “Shot heard around the world”.
In the World Series the Giants faced the Cinderella team in the Kansas City Royals who hadn’t lost a game in the postseason heading into the World Series. The Giants once again called upon Bumgarner to steal game 1 in Kansas City. Bumgarner delivered, shutting down the Royals offense which was accustomed to get the timely hits thus far in the postseason. By taking away home field advantage the Giants looked like the team that had done this before. However, the Giants did struggle in game 2,3 and for half of game 4. Being down in the series 2-1 the question was who pitches game 4 for the Giants? Bumgarner made it clear he wanted the ball and he was going to pitch.
The Giants manager Bruce Bochy had other plans and went with V instead of his ace. It was a gutsy call knowing that with a loss in game 4 in would put the Giants in an impossible situation by then trailing 3-1. Many people thought Bumgarner should pitch game 4 and then could go again in game 7.
The worse case scenario for the Giants was occurring in Game 4 with the Giants trailing heading into the 6th inning. The Giants bats then caught fire and blew the game wide open and saved Bochy from answering questions like “You think you should’ve gone with Bumgarner?” Bumgarner then took the mound in game 5 and turned in another dominated performance pitching a complete game shutout, the first in the World since Josh Beckett did it in 2003.
Then game 7 happened. It was a historic game. Game 7 are the two most exciting words in all of sports with everything on the line. The Giants took the lead in the 4th inning and then turned to Bumgarner who would be pitching on two days rest. I thought Bumgarner would just pitch one or two innings. I was wrong and I was amazed that he pitched 5 innings! This is after throwing over 100 pitches just two days before. And Bumgarner was just as dominant like he was in his previous two starts. Once he came down in the game it was over.
The Giants dropped the hammer with Bumgarner. That’s how the Giants won the Word Series and solidified themselves as a dynasty. Bumgarner lowered his World Series ERA to 0.25. Bumgarner was the unanimous MVP. The performance he had in game 7 will be remembered and go down in the history books.
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on another World Series championship very well deserved. I also tip my hat to one Madison Bumgarner for what we all got a chance to witness this World Series.