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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Giants win the World Series, Renteria is MVP

Fifty-six years of torture for Giants fans ended tonight in Texas as Tim Lincecum defeated Cliff Lee, THE Cliff Lee, not once, but twice. Lincecum pitched 8 brilliant innings allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks while reaching double digits, 10, in the strikeout column. In the 2010 post-season, Lincecum beat Derek Lowe, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee twice, this after winning Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009. Former Red Sox player Edgar Renteria, won the MVP Award, which was clinched for him by hitting a 3 run home run in the 7th inning, which was all that was needed to win the 5th and deciding game. Besides hitting at a .412 clip for the Series he made several defensive brilliant plays in the past 5 games, as well. Manager Bruce Bochy called for several unexpected plays that ended with positive results in this unlikely run for the World Series Championship. Every Giant player that was interviewed after the game gave credit to the team before his own self and performance. Many of the players paid respect to the great Giant players that came before them and never won a World Series in those 56 years.

This is the 1st World Series ever won by the San Francisco Giants, and the 1st World Series Championship for the Giants since the New York Giants won it in 1954. The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series in over 100 years. The Giants have now moved to the bottom of that list. The Cleveland Indians have not won a World Series since 1948, while the 2 Texas teams have never won a World Series since those clubs entered Major League Baseball.

Although Edgar Renteria won the MVP Award, and deservedly so, there were many members of this Giants' team who made significant contributions to winning the Series- closer Brian Wilson, lefty specialist and former Red Sox reliever Javier Lopez, Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez  (another former Sox), Juan Uribe, Matt Cain, and Cody Ross, among others.

This 'bunch of castoffs and misfits' fought and scratched and clawed their way to their division title, the NL Pennant, and a World Series Title in an unlikely 5 games. The Giants' pitching staff help the hard hitting Rangers to a sub-.200 batting average, and a total of 10 runs in the 5 games, 2 of those games being shutouts.

Congratulations to the Giants for winning the 2010 World Series!

Giants 3 Rangers 1 BOX SCORE

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