The day of clinching is a grab-the-popcorn and cross your fingers kind of day. The day after clinching is quite the opposite. It’s a slow, lazy, happy sort of day. But it was as soon as today’s lineup hit the internet that the reality began to set in. The reality being that Giants are the 2012 National League West Champions. 2012. National. League. West. Champions.
Blanco CF, Theriot 2B, Arias 3B, Nady LF, Pill 1B, Peguero RF, Whiteside C, Burriss SS and Petit RHP.
For the second time in three years, which is not bad at all. A sense of inevitability set in, oh, every time Marco Scutaro came up to bat and when, a few thousand pitching changes later, they did clinch it, I was ridiculously happy. Even happier, I think, than 2010. The comparisons are many and unavoidable, but I think these two teams, in many ways, couldn’t be more opposite. And I’ll go on record saying I think this one is better. It’s anyone’s guess how the postseason will go – cloudy with a chance of winning, if you ask me – but I think we’ve got a really solid group here for a few years to come.
And that’s a gratifying feeling. It gives way to elation, because this is just the beginning. Bochy said that chances are all five starters will make the postseason roster, one of them as a reliever, and it seems right now that the Giants will be opening the NLDS against Cincinnati. I’m already getting excited for it. The way last night’s game ended, with all that fantastic relief pitching, was one of the big things that’s been key to the Giants success this season and that Pablo Sandoval catch was also completely spectacular, even if it wasn’t quite a Jonathan Sanchez triple. We missed a year, but we’re back and better than ever. Weird lineups and 2012 postseason, we’re ready for you.
p.s. They lost today. But I’m still smiling, so go figure.