Okay Giants fans. Congratulations on your team winning the World Series. I'm not sure how they did it, but they did it. They bested the Kansas City Royals four games to three, went 12-5 during the postseason, and knocked the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Royals out of the way to earn their third ring in five years. I bow in you're general direction, even though I still don't get it.
I've explained (October 13) how their regular season statistics shouldn't have put the Giants in the playoffs in the first place, but their post-season numbers are just as mystifying. Even on the pregame show before game seven, the topic was how were the Giants going to be able to score runs? No one said two sacrifice flies and a Michael Morse single to right in the fourth to win it, but that's what happened. It was a strange post-season, but things went well for the Giants. The 18-inning win in Washington, and on and on.
With their 88-74 regular season record not withstanding, who knew it only takes three players to win a title? When mentioning the non-championship caliber statistics the Giants put up during the regular year compared to the Dodgers, I got a response that said, “this proves it takes more than money to win a (pennant)”. This may be true, but that same response said, “at least the Giants play as a team”, and that's not true at all. Let's take a look...
But they did it. It does feel like Bumgarner, Pence, Sandoval, and any six of us could have beaten the Royals in seven, though, and Kansas City had a good series. But congrats again to the Giants. They are a dynasty for sure, with three titles in five years, and the even-year string continuing with banners in 2010, 2012, and 2014. How weird is 2016 going to be? Can't wait to find out.
Postgame postscript: You know he didn't mean it as a slight, and I'm sure an Alabama boy appreciates a new truck, but did you notice how quickly Bumgarner put the keys to a new Chevy Colorado in his pocket after being presented with his MVP gift? He did have a trophy to accept and an interview to do, but he seemed less than whelmed with the present... It seems Bud Selig would like the words “competitive balance” to be the epitaph for his commissionership. It took him less than ten seconds to use that phrase when presenting the Giants with their championship trophy. It's the 23rd and final time that Selig handed out the award.
Football follies: With the World Series over, I watched a lot of football over the weekend., Three college games on Saturday including two from the Southeastern Conference. No question, the pomp, pageantry, and pizazz the SEC provides is so much better. You don't find any of that in the Pac-12... Venerable CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist gave us a comical insight into the world of broadcasting in a moment during the Florida-Georgia game Saturday. He admitted that during on-camera segments with partner Gary Danielson that he stands on a riser so that he doesn't appear that much shorter. Lundquist's truth-in-advertising moment came when he almost tipped over... Were those UCLA uniforms the ugliest things you've seen in your life? The all-grayish matching pants and jerseys with the rainbow-tape uniform numbers looked like something even Phil Knight and Oregon passed on... Bay area football fans who like the best NFL games can once again understand why fans in Los Angeles don't necessarily want a team. While most of the country got Denver at New England and Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, northern California got stuck with the winless Oakland Raiders at Seattle. Even though the Raiders lost, it was the better game, but that's not the point.
Here's your sign: Best sign from a fan during the World Series was in the right field bleachers during Game Six in Kansas City-- “Hunter Pence and Creepy Rob Lowe are BFFs”. Priceless.