Deja vu ? Not necessarily , it’s that certain time of the year we all go crazy for baseball
Perhaps, in one of the most exciting NLCS’ series in recent history , it all came down to a final game seven decider, to see who would be the NL representative in this year’s —- World Series . The St Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have provided not only their legions fans with a great deal of excitement this postseason but also the vast majority of baseball fans in general with their heroics .
Having somehow miraculously erased a 3-1 deficit , Bruce Bochy’s San Francisco Giants came back from the dead and simply laid waste to the dragon , e their opponents in this duel the St Louis Cardinals. What might more surprising, was the ease with which the team outplayed and then subdued the Cardinals , on their way to a thoroughly convincing 9-0 victory. In front of a sold-out crowd at AT&T Park in San Francisco , California , and millions more watching via a national network broadcast , fans were able to see these two teams stake their claim to be the NL representative in baseball’s biggest postseason fare.
Bruce Bochy now stands on the cusp of making history as a manager of the Giants, as he seeks to bring a second title to the in the last four years . In 2010, the ball-club defeated the Texas Rangers with consummate ease (4-1) , with Edgar Renteria , being named World Series’ MVP. This time around, a claim could be made that there are a litany of players on the San Francisco Giants’ postseason roster who could actually end up with that accolade. Marco Scutaro came away with the NLCS MVP , after having a phenomenal series and dare one say , an postseason so far ? In terms of the team’s offense , the contributions have come from all corners , with each player coming into their own at some point over the Giant’s sojourn this postseason .
And while we laud the accomplishments of the offense of the San Francisco Giants , it should be noted also , that , last night , it was the team pitching , and specifically that of Matt Cain , who pitched 5 scoreless innings , as the relievers , then came in to close out the game and series, as the ball-club makes its second appearance in the World Series, in two years.
For the Giants’ front office executives , this further adds to the financial expediency and restraint shown by GM Brian Sabean , in recent years , in simply not seeking to outspend his rivals , while laying the foundations towards building a successful organization. The future would seem bright for the San Francisco Giants , albeit that their divisional rivals , the Los Angeles Dodgers , will seek to slow down the Giants’ dominance of the NL West in recent seasons. Dodgers’ co-owner, Magic Johnson has pretty much insisted that money will be of no object , as his franchise chases postseason glory . However, I would preface that by saying , spending big , doesn’t necessarily equate into winning big . Simply look at the payroll of the , Boston Red Sox , New York Yankees , Los Angeles Angels , Philadelphia Phillies and the Dodgers themselves ? Then ask yourself this , would you deem their seasons in to 2012 to have been a tremendous success ?
Jim Leyland, and the Detroit Tigers have swept through their postseason schedule with enough ease, to suggest that they were never truly tested at any time. The fact that they destroyed the venerable New York Yankees ,without even breaking sweat , as Joe Girardi and his coaching assistants simply had no answers , as how to deal with a talented Tigers’ team . Well , it must leave some of us asking , are the Detroit Tigers simply that good ? Or with hindsight , would it would be correct to state that the Yankees are really that bad ? Girardi’s team may well have had the best record in the AL , but you would be hard pressed to suggest that they were , or are the best team within the league , and that is not solely based on their postseason play .
It wasn’t that long ago that Tigers’ fans were calling for the head of Jim Leyland to be served up on a silver platter along with that of the team’s general manager Dave Dombroswski . Well, what a difference year makes , as the team signed big league slugger Prince Fielder , to go alongside an already potent offense led by newly minted Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera . Less we forget also, reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner , Justin Verlander is having another outstanding season , while leading a formidable Tigers’ pitching rotation .
There is not much to choose between these two teams by way of their competitiveness. One could describe the San Francisco Giants as a gritty and determined roster of players, as evidenced by the play in the NLDS as well the NLCS . The Detroit Tigers for their part can simply go about their task with a great deal of professionalism , a trait that seems to the trademark of their manager , Jim Leyland. With game one set to begin on Wednesday, 24th October , 2012 , with the Giants hosting their AL Central opponents . This World Series should have the makings of a match-up that could meet all the needs of even the most discerning of sports’ fans . On the mound for the Tigers will be their ace , Justin Verlander , but as of yet , no decision has been made by Bruce Bochy , as to who will oppose Verlander , in the opening game of the series.
Team owners , Michael Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers and Larry Baer, as the senior managing partner for the Giants’ ownership group , in seeing their respective ball clubs make the ascent to the pinnacle , where at the end of this series they will deemed world champions , adds a great deal to the commercial worth of the winning franchise. Now for the league’s twenty eight teams now on the outside looking in , now would be the time for them to ponder ________ as to what might have been . In truth , this has been a season where a number teams exceeded expectations, whereas others simply fell by the way or under-achieved. Baseball’s postseason gala now offers us the penultimate series , with an outright winner to be crowned “champions” . 2012 was an exceptional good year within the game with a number of feats that had the fans enthralled. We were able to witness the rise of rookie “phenoms” such as , Bryce Harper , Mike Trout , Yoenis Cespedes , Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish , Wei Yin Chen and Nate Jones , all of whom , will look to build upon their achievements of 2012.
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Picture , and slide show gallery details below.
(1) San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo and catcher Buster Posey react after the final out in Game 7 of baseball’s National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. The Giants won 9-0 to win the series. AP Photo/Ben Margot …
(2) San Francisco Giants’ Marco Scutaro reacts as Buster Posey (28) scores during the third inning of Game 7 of baseball’s National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey ..
(3) St. Louis Cardinals’ Tony Cruz reacts after losing 9-0 to the San Francisco Giants after Game 7 of baseball’s National League championship series, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. The Giants won 9-0 to win the series. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …..
(4) San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan is tagged out at home by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the seventh inning of Game 7 of baseball’s National League championship series Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. AP Photo/Ben Margot ….
(5) San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo reacts after the final out in Game 7 of baseball’s National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in San Francisco. The Giants won 9-0 to win the series. AP Photo/David J. Phillip ….
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