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.
It hasn’t happened since 1967 so it is a memorable moment for years to come. Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the triple crown. Cabrera led the league in hitting (.330), home runs (44), and runs batted in (139). Cabrera became the fifteenth player in history to win the title. He joins an elite class which includes Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Frank Robinson.
Cabrera was one of the most exciting players to watch. You never know if he would hit a home run, but this was the guy you wanted at-bat with the game on the line. Cabrera and the Tigers went all the way to the World Series. Unfortunately, they came up short and were swept by the San Francisco Giants. However, this guy is one of the best hitters I have ever gotten to watch and I expect to see his name in the running for future hitting awards.
There was a time when if you were a fan, you lived for the day when your team would play their biggest rival. The players would always seem to play with a little more heart and the fans would always get extra pumped up. What happened to the days when Boston and New York baseball fans couldn’t even sit together? What happened to the days where players would feed off the crowd and steal a base or turn a single into a double just because they were playing their “arch-rival”? Those days seem to be gone.
It is evidenced by the newly acquired Yankee, Kevin Youkilis. Youk, as so many fans know him as, used to be a guy about the rivalries and playing with a little more effort to embarrass the teams his team was in competition with. Youk was one of the biggest Boston Red Sox player involved in one of the most heated sports rivalries. Now, he is playing for them and fans that used to curse him when he would get the big hit off a Yankees’ pitcher will be cheering for him. Where is the loyalty?
Can fans overlook the bitter hatred for a player if it helps make their team better? In reality, it all depends on how the player performs for their team. If the player hits a grand slam in a playoff game, they will become a new fan favorite. However, if the player strikes out in the bottom of the 9th when the team is down a run and there is a player on third, well things might not work out as well. However, what about the players? Does this mean they have no loyalty to the team they had so many memories with?
Kevin Youkilis is definitely not the first player to go to their rival team. In fact, he is not even the first to leave Boston for pinstripes in New York City. Boston cannot forget when Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens went to the Big Apple to win the World Series. However, Youk is different. He was always the guy who played for the fans and lived for the big moments against big teams. People tuned into his at-bats because there was always a possibility a pitcher might try to throw at him and a fight would ensue. He was a player who helped these rivalries live up to all the hype. It seems that once he puts the pinstripes on, he wipes away all the fun of hating division rivals.
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.