The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, knocking off the Texas Rangers in Game 5 today with a 3-1 victory.
Tim Lincecum edged out fellow ace Cliff Lee in a heated matchup where pitching fought it out till the end. The two-time NL Cy Young award recipient finished with ten strikeouts and only let three hits go through eight innings. And, as always, closer Brian Wilson came in and was able to seal the deal.
Of course, the game was ultimately determined by Edgar Renteria's three-run homer in the seventh inning. After the game, Renteria was deservingly rewarded with the World Series MVP honors.
This team may not have tremendous star power, but they are fundamentally sound, with a solid pitching rotation and a lot of scrappy batters who have demonstrated the ability to make plays when they count the most.
All in all, this is a team built for the playoffs, and even though they came in as underdogs they displayed perseverance and proved to be victorious.
Interestingly enough, we learned that superb pitching can shut down top-notch batting as the team with the MLB's highest ERA knocked off the team with the league's top batting average.
This is the franchise's first championship since 1954, and the first champion the Bay Area has seen ever. That said, this is certainly a proud moment for any Bay Area sports fan, and is one that will undoubtedly be celebrated