The Giants win the 2012 World Series! Their second championship in three years. I can say right now that this will never get old, as I'm sure fans of other teams have found when their teams win several in a row or in an era.
The win was in such convincing fashion, that it will be well remembered in baseball history. They didn't only beat the best team in the AL, the Tigers were a powerhouse team with the most potent lineup, the most visible 3-4-5 hitters in the game - including the triple crown winner - and what most people consider the best pitcher in baseball. They were picked to win it all before the season, and it came as no surprise that the Tigers put it together in the post-season.
The Giants will be remembered for winning six consecutive elimination games, three after being down 2-0 to the Reds, and three after being down 3-1 to the Cardinals. They will also be remembered for beating Verlander in game 1, sparked by an historic three-homer game by Pablo Sandoval. They will be remembered for pitching two consecutive shutouts against this lineup, and for striking out the triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera to win it all. They will be remembered for Barry Zito's game 5 shutout against the Cardinals in NLCS game 5, and his victory over Justin Verlander in WS game 1.
Well, they will be remembered for lots more than that, but I'll save the detailed stats for a future post. Keep it up Giants! Let's try to win some more. We can smell dynasty.