Nearly 24 hours ago, now, the Giants became World Champions. It always takes me a little while to collect my thoughts after a game like that, because there is so much to be said. First of all…
Congratulations to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.
Not only are they World Champions, but they are a group of guys I could not be happier for. To a man, they are all class acts and the kind of people I want to root for. This team captured my heart in every way, even more than that 2010 team. I mean, how on earth could you not be thrilled for Sergio Romo when he got to pitch the last one of the game? How could you not be elated for Ryan Theriot (THE RIOT) and Marco Scutaro when they combined for the winning run in the 10th inning?
Just a magical, unexpected season – at least to me, maybe some of you wizkids expected it – and it’s still a little surreal to think it’s over. The most amazing part to me, perhaps, is what Henry Schulman at the Chronicle called “a sense of inevitability” when the Giants had a commanding seven game lead with nineteen left to play. That phrase stuck with me. There was a moment when that inevitability began to set in during the regular season and to me, it never quite left. Even against the wall versus Cincinnati and then against St. Louis.
When #RallyZito hit the scene, it took it to a whole new level: there was no way they could lose. And they did not let us down. They did not lose a game after that. It was not luck. This was quietly a very, very good team. The best in the Major Leagues, in fact.
I think I’ll remember this as the postseason of rain, but also for the opponents we faced. The Reds and Cardinals obviously put up quite a fight and I am sure, even as a Giants fan, the Tigers are better than they played. See you next year, Motor City, because I have a feeling you’ll be back.
Lastly, I would like to thank all you marvelous people for following along through this season. It’s always bittersweet when it comes to an end, even though this one is more sweet than bitter. Still, it’s been a wonderful ride and not least of all for all your comments and tweets. I am an enthusiastic offseason blogger, though, so you won’t have a chance to miss me.
See you all parading down Market on Wednesday – I will hopefully be a few inches taller than I am now.
p.s. I will never stop using this GIF.