There's something about this 2012 edition of the San Francisco Giants that just seems magical and puts a permanent smile on my face. They just seem like a bunch of cool dude's, the type of guys you invite over for a Sunday BBQ. Maybe it's the fact that they survived and thrived during 6 elimination games during this postseason, or maybe it's the timely hitting and outstanding pitching, maybe it's the fact that a late season acquisition named Marco Scutaro would lead this team on it's journey and end up being the NLCS Most Valuable Player, or maybe it's seeing Brian Wilson in the Dug-Out cheering on his teammates as his majestic burly beard swayed in the cool Bay Area breeze. Well it's all of this and then some that makes this team so special. They have the IT factor, and I can't wait to see what they do next!
Game 7 was over early as the Giants who already leading 2-0 would put up a 5 spot in the bottom of the third with a Hunter Pence double to center field that would score Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey would score on an error from center fielder Jon Jay. Brandon Crawford then grounded into a fielder's choice to short stop scoring Pence and moving Brandon Belt to third and Gregor Blanco to second. Angel Pagan would knock in Belt and the score sat at 7-0 heading to the 4th and remain that way as Matt Cain, J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, J. Lopez, and S. Romo would keep the Cardinals shut down all night not allowing a run. The Giants would tack on 2 more runs in the 7th and 8th innings as the final score would read 9-0 in what was nothing less then a total route of the defending World Series Champs.
Marco Scutaro tied an LCS record as he posted 14 hits in the series with 6 multi-hit games on way to winning MVP honors. As the game ended the rain began to pour as fans and players alike would celebrate soaked and ecstatic. "The rain never felt so good," Scutaro said. "We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable." Closer Sergio Romo would embrace Buster Posey as fireworks blasted through the night sky illuminating McCovey Cove as players rejoiced on the field. "It's just very fitting the way everything has gone for us this season," Romo said ending in the rain. "The ups and downs, the injuries, the personal issues, whatever. What a ride for us all. It's very, very fitting that it rained right there."
Game 1 of the World Series will be on on Wednesday and be played at AT&T Park. Last year's Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will start for the Detroit Tigers. Verlander didn't match his numbers from 2011 this year but is still considered by most the best and most dangerous pitcher in Major League Baseball. If that wasn't enough the Giants will also have to contend with 2012 triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera became the first triple crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski to win it in 1967. He joined such notable players as Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Ty Cobb to win the award. The Detroit Tigers finished the regular season 88-74 winning the AL Central. They beat the Oakland A's 3-2 in the ALDS and then dismantled the New York Yankees 4-0 in the ALCS. Giants skipper Bruce Bochy has yet to name a starter but it will most likely be either Madison Bumgarner or veteran Barry Zito starting game 1.
It was a night of euphoria and bliss for players and fans alike in the bay Area and Central Valley, but now the Giants will need to turn their cheek to the exuberance of the NLCS and focus completely on the Detroit Tigers and game 1 of the World Series. Let the "torture" begin, I know I'm ready, are you?