The San Francisco Giants are starting to build a dynasty. However, this year it seemed more like destiny this year that led them to another World Series title. At every point in the playoffs, it looked like it was all over for the Giants, but they always found a way to get a big hit or a strike out in crunch time. The biggest moment for this team? It had to be in Game 4 of the World Series with the Giants up 3 games looking for the win and Sergio Romo struck out triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera. First of all, holding Cabrera in check was an accomplishment enough, but to get him looking? That definitely deserves a World Series title. Unfortunately, their accomplishment was overshadowed by Superstorm Sandy, but they deserve immense credit and that is why their World Series win is the number seven most memorable moment.
Here are some of the major transactions at Day 1 of MLB’s Winter Meetings….
♦ The Boston Red Sox have acquired catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli- 3 years for $39 million
♦ The San Francisco Giants have resigned center fielder Angel Pagan- 4 years for $40 million
♦ The San Diego Padres have resigned starting pitcher Jason Marquis- 1 year for $3 million
♦ The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent first baseman James Loney- 1 year for $2 million
Those are the major signing for the first day, but there are still plenty of big names left on the market including reigning NL Cy Young award winner RA Dickey and power bat Josh Hamilton.
It was the tightest race of the entire season. The AL MVP award could have went one of two ways: Mike Trout, the dynamic rookie who was a force the second he stepped on the field or the eventual winner Miguel Cabrera, the triple crown winner who is arguably the best hitter in the league. Both deserved the honor, but Cabrera’s historic season put him over the edge. Not to worry Trout fans, if he stays this good, there will be many MVP awards in his future. As for the National League, the honor went to World Series winner Buster Posey who has himself a phenomenal year.
Yes, the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions and if you are on the East Coast, like myself, it is the farthest thing from top of the news. However, congratulations to the entire team. I am still not convinced they are the nest team in baseball, but they played impressively well in the series against a tough Detroit team. Unfortunately, this was one of the least watched World Series in years. But another congrats to the team and especially Pablo Sandoval for winning MVP!
After getting shelled in Game 1 of the World Series, you would think Justin Verlander would be upset with himself. However, being able to laugh at himself is something that makes Verlander so likable. Pablo Sandoval had home runs in back to back at-bats against the Detroit ace. To show that he has accepted his defeat, Verlander was photographed wearing this shirt:
Game 2 of the World Series was dedicated to those coming home from overseas and those still fighting the good fight. There were old players who fought in wars as well as many military officers. The most touching moment, however, happened before the players even took the field. Alongside San Francisco legend Willie Mays, Marine Corporal and triple amputee Nicholas Kimmel was given the honor to throw out the first pitch.
Kimmel was a former baseball star in high school before enlisting in the Marines. On his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Kimmel lost both his legs and his left arm. However, the athleticism is still there as he threw quite an impressive pitch. It was a great moment for Kimmel and for Americans watching all over the country. He is a true hero and inspiration to all.
It is Game 1 of the World Series and Detroit starting pitching Justin Verlander is not looking like he brought his best game. Maybe he spent too much time in bed with girlfriend Kate Upton or maybe he spent too much time celebrating their American League Championship. Nobody knows the reason, but the Cy Young winner has not looked sharp tonight.
While, the National League Champion Giants put on a show for their fans. Any early MVP favorite is third baseman Pablo Sandoval who has already hit THREE home runs in the game. Sandoval only had twelve home runs in the entire regular season. He joins an elite class with Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols, and Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, for hitting three homers in a postseason game. Pitcher Barry Zito helped his own cause by driving in a run as well.
This is one of the poorest starts for Verlander who has been unhittable in the postseason. Verlander only lasted four innings and gave up six hits, two of which were Sandoval’s home runs. It is now the top of the sixth and Barry Zito is still going strong not allowing a run. The time gap between games for the Tigers may not have been such a good thing. Hopefully, they can get loose quickly as they need a pretty miraculous comeback to win Game 1, but the Tigers definitely have the line up that could make that happen. It is now 6-0 in favor of the Giants.