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Giants made like road warriors to dispatch the Reds
The No. 1 reason the 2012 San Francisco Giants just completed the best comeback in Division Series history is simple: No team ever did it the way they did.
The Reds went 50-31 at home, tied for best in the National League. Beating them three times at the Great American Ballpark seemed completely out of the question. The Reds had not been swept at home the entire year. They didn't even get swept in a two-game series!
So for the Giants, deflated after being blown away in a Game 2 that seemed to signal the Reds' official National League rise, bouncing back in the fashion they did was incredible.
In my opinion, the comeback by the Seattle Mariners in 1995 was the most impressive to this point. That team had never been in the postseason, and though they were buoyed by one of the best home crowds in baseball history, sweeping three straight games just seemed too hard when facing elimination. Their comeback was inspirational and people still remember Ken Griffey, Jr. sprinting home to score on Edgar Martinez's double.
But those games were all at home.
An easy way to compare the difference is to just look at the Giants' counterpart in the Bay Area. The Oakland A's have ridden a raucous home crowd and their own belief in destiny to an improbable Game 5 Thursday night. If they complete the comeback, it will be as impressive as the Mariners. The Giants will outdo them both, though.
Every other team had the benefit of at least two home games. The Giants lost both of theirs and instead of packing it in, they're moving on.