Barry Zito, left off the postseason roster in 2010, pitches Game 1 of the World Series and outduels reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
Pablo Sandoval, forced into a bench role in 2010 due to lack of production and being out of shape, hits three homers to become only the fourth player in league history to accomplish such a feat in the World Series. The other three: Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.
Not bad company for the Panda.
And Tim Lincecum, the former two-time Cy Young winner who struggled all throughout the 2012 campaign, came in and pitched 2.1 innings of perfect baseball in relief of Zito. Lincecum struck out five of the seven batters he faced and looked every bit of his former dominant self.
The Tigers got some production from their first five batters in the lineup, and a blast from their No.6 hitter, but were not able to get the performances they expected out of their pitching staff. As a result, we will head into Game 2 with the Giants leading the series 1-0 after an 8-3 series-opening victory over Detroit.
And now, on to our final grades for Game 1.