Marco Scutaro has been carrying the San Francisco Giants since the beginning of September, and after the baseball gods revealed their existence once and for all with some of the most karma-leveling justice of all time, he very deservedly won the NLCS MVP.
Scutaro, 37, is in his 11th year in the big leagues and his second postseason. He rebounded from what could have been a ligament-shredding, career-ending collision in Game 2 of this series to hit .500 and secure the final out amid the raindrops at AT&T Park.
Much has been made of the Giants dedicating their postseason to this man, this trade-deadline pickup that was at the time overshadowed by the acquisition of Hunter Pence. Even Pence said that it's for Scutaro, who had a line of .362/.385/.473 since joining the Giants on July 27, and who had never made it to the World Series in his career.
Eleven years. Six teams.
One other time in the playoffs, incidentally with the cross-Bay rivals of his current team, the Oakland Athletics, who lost in four games in 2006 to the team the Giants are about to face in the World Series (who defeated the A's in the 2012 ALDS to get there).
But Marco Scutaro is not the only person on this team who has never been to the Fall Classic before.
And when comparing this year's squad to the one cruising triumphantly down Market Street in 2010, there are some familiar faces, but some glaringly different and new faces as well.
A dozen new faces, to be exact.