The San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win their second World Series championship in three years. The Giants fought through six elimination games in the NL playoffs to get to the World Series.
The Giants then surprised the Detroit Tigers by sweeping them in four straight games. The vast majority of so-called experts had picked the Tigers to win and must now give the Giants the respect they so richly deserve.
The World Series win culminates a season where the Giants had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity all year. The Giants lost closer Brian Wilson for the year, after only two outings. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez missed the entire season.
Pablo Sandoval had hand surgery and missed several weeks, then returned, only to injure a hamstring and go on the DL for a second time.
Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum struggled through a very disappointing regular season, losing a team-high 15 games. Then, Melky Cabrera, the All -Star MVP, was suspended in August for PEDs.
Through it all, the Giants held it together. It seemed that every bit of adversity placed in front of this team made them stronger and gave them even greater resolve.
The Giants shocked the baseball world with the dominance they exhibited against the Tigers. Let's take a closer look at five key reasons the Giants were able to sweep the Tigers and win the World Series.