The Giants rode stellar pitching and timely hitting in their dominant performance over the American League champions.
After being down three games to one to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, the Giants came back. They also came back from two games down against the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. In other words, this team played like this championship was its destiny.
With every major sporting event comes gobs of Twitter reaction. Let's take a look.
ESPN Stats & Info gave us some background regarding San Francisco's franchise history:
#SFGiants: 7th World Series title (last: 2010); 3rd World Series sweep (1922, 1954)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2012
Sports Illustrated couldn't believe that Miguel Cabrera went down the way that he did to make the game's final out:
Shocked that Cabrera went down looking. Giants bullpen was fantastic tonight.#sfgiants— SI MLB (@si_mlb) October 29, 2012
ESPN anchor Adnan Virk thanked the Giants for a reminder of how titles are won:
Pitching and defense win championships. Thanks for the reminder #SFGiants— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) October 29, 2012
New York Post columnist Joel Sherman spoke about Pablo Sandoval's World Series MVP trophy and the rest of his team:
Sandoval was WS MVP, but case could have been made for Lincecum, Romo, pretty much whole #sfgiants staff. They dominated postseason— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 29, 2012
Sherman added this interesting note, looking toward the possible future:
Fox Sports brings us a quote from Marco Scutaro, whose red-hot bat was a major reason the Giants made this happen:
CBS sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein gave her insight into the Giants' recipe for success:
Great pitching from unexpected places. Power hitting from unexpected bats. And some solid D from the underdog. Congrats, #SFGiants!— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) October 29, 2012
Salon.com movie reviewer Bob Calhoun infuses some humor into the Giants' win:
I hate to sound like a broken record, but Sherman is on a roll tonight:
My hope is in post-game Bochy says Hurricane Sandy is turning back out to sea because he was right about everything else this week #sfgiants— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 29, 2012
New York Post reporter Kevin Kernan gives us a cross-sport comparison, comparing two title-winning head coaches with a familiar team nickname:
How about this stat from ESPN Stats & Info?
#SFGiants: 1st NL team to win 2 World Series in 3-year span since 1975-1976 Reds— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2012
Here's a Bruce Bochy quote courtesy of Giants fans' official Twitter feed:
I like this idea from Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan:
Next year, raising the stakes, the #SFGiants will populate their bench with animals adopted from local shelters and locally-sourced produce.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) October 29, 2012
I can't say I disagree with him. The Giants did show us this year, and in 2010, that big bankrolls and superstar names aren't required to win the one that matters most. At this point, nothing this franchise does would be surprising.
Let's leave things with a quote from Bochy, courtesy of Fox Sports:
"What made them so special, such an unselfish group. They played for each other & the fans. Never-say-die attitude." - Bruce Bochy #SFGiants— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 29, 2012
Anyone who watched this team has to agree. From the divisional round all the way through, the Giants just had a vibe surrounding them. Part of it was Bochy's coaching, and part of it was the baseball gods doing their job, but most of the credit goes to the players' team-first attitude under all circumstances.