Winning meaningless games does not win championships. You have to win the games that count to be recognized as a great. The World Series is 7 games long and its not until after you win that last game that you can be a great. The Giants have won many World Series but the ones I will be focusing on are 2010, 2012, and 2014. Without winning the games that count, the Giants would not be the world champions they are today.
The first World Series game the Giants won in the 2000’s was in 2010. They played the Texas Rangers and beat them in 5 games. After winning 3 and dropping 1 to the Rangers, they won on a 3-run homer by Edgar Renteria, former giant (ESPN). In the year of 2010 Tim Lincecum was the Giant’s ace and pitched the last game of the series. Finishing with a record of 2-0, Lincecum took down the Rangers despite giving up one run on a single homerun by Nelson Cruz. This victory in 2010 started the dynasty the Giants have right now. This last game couldn’t have been won without Game 4 which was won by Madison Bumgarner’s pitching performance (ESPN).
The second series that contributed to the dynasty was the 2012 World Series. In this particular World Series the Giants made a 4-game sweep of the Tigers to continue their dynasty. The Giant’s pitching staff got it done for them once again but it was the final game that made it so magical. After playing 3 tough games, the Giants and Tigers met for the fourth time, and the last time. After completing the regulation 9 innings and the score still tied, they went into the 10th. After the Giants had a base runner reach, Marco Scutaro, second baseman, hit a single to score him for the go-ahead run to win them the game. Winning a World Series is a huge accomplishment but sweeping a team is extraordinary. That shows what a good team the giants are and why they continue to be (World Series).
The last series that cemented the dynasty was 2014. After 6 exciting games, the teams tied the series coming into game 7. Tim Hudson was the starter for the Giants and just couldn’t get it done so he came out in the second inning. Jeremy Affeldt came in and pitched a great game and then the Giant’s ace, Madison Bumgarner, took charge and won the game with 5 innings of unbelievable pitching. In the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs, the Kansas City Royal’s Alex Gordon hit a triple but then the catcher, Salvador Perez, popped out to the Giant’s third baseman, Pablo Sandoval, to lose the game. Even though the Giants were the victors, the Royals had a great season and came up as the underdogs. This clutch win made the Giant’s dynasty they have today (World Series SB).
After winning the 3rd World Series the emotions in the Giant’s clubhouse ran high. Bruce Bochy, the Giant’s manager reacted to Game 7 by saying : “If you told me we would be playing in Game 7 of the World Series, I think we’d all be doing cartwheels” (Walstein). Madison Bumgarner responded to the press after Game 7: “I wasn’t thinking about innings or pitch count. I was just thinking about getting outs, getting outs until I couldn’t get them any more and we needed someone else” (Greenberg). Without some key figures, the Giants couldn’t have pulled this win through.
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