San Francisco Giants: Champions Once Again
Two years ago, a very different Giants team won it all in similar, unprecedented fashion, however they never trailed in a series in 2010. This year, they fell down in the NLDS 0-2 only to sweep the final three games in Cincinnati. They then fell behind 1-3 in the NLCS before storming back and taking the series in seven over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The never-say-die attitude is a tough one to actually enact. People can say it without truly meaning it, but the Giants dugout is so loose, eliminating the pressure and allowing them to just go out and have a good time doing what they do. The Giants staff, specifically Tim Lincecum, had a down year, however, the postseason was a different story, especially when facing elimination.
Over the final three games of the NLCS, the Giants held the Cardinals to one run. Over the four-game sweep of the Tigers in the World Series, the Giants limited them to only six runs. Pitching and defense win championships and the Giants proved it once again. The more impressive feat is the fact they won it all without their All-star steroid popper, Melky Cabrera.
Most criticized the Giants when it was revealed that he was suspended for 50 games, bringing controversy back to San Francisco after they thought that cloud Barry Bonds left over AT&T park had vanished. Then, there were those that were openly criticizing the organization for choosing to exclude Cabrera from their postseason run. The Giants won it all without their top offensive threat through the first half of the season, controversy free.
Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro anchored a Giant offense throughout the postseason. Sandoval, the World Series MVP, hit .500 in the series. Scutaro won NLCS MVP and also hit an RBI single to bring home Ryan Theriot in the clinching game. This band of misfits, this group of everyday guys got it done because they played for each other while their calm, cool and collected manager Bruce Bochy made all the correct calls to the bullpen down the stretch.
His ability to transform Lincecum into a dominant reliever during the postseason was nothing short of remarkable. The Freak strut his stuff all postseason long, shutting down opponents left and right throughout the playoffs. And just to put those rumors to rest, Lincecum will absolutely not be coming out of the bullpen in 2013.
Your 2012 World series champion, San Francisco Giants are set to have their parade on Halloween.