By Kaylyn Thornal, Ballpark Food & Beverage Connoisseur
The San Francisco Giants won the 2012 World Series last night against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. After stunning the New York Yankees and shutting down the Yankee Bombers (literally putting A-Rod on the bench), the Tigers saw their own bombers self-destruct in a sweep against the SF Giants. And so in a strangely wonderful turn of events, it’s the Giants 3rd baseman Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval who is the World Series MVP, not Detroit’s Triple Crown winning third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Few, if any, saw that coming.
It was the strangely wonderful surprises like this, however, that made this 2012 World Series race so amazing. Night after night it was a nail-biting, edge-of-your seat, anyone-could-take-it baseball. It was the Baltimore Orioles ousting the Mighty Texas Rangers in a 1 game stand-off in their first trip to the playoffs since 1997; it was witnessing the first playoff game played in Washington DC in 79 years; it was the St. Louis Cardinals battling back from 0-2 to win three straight, stunning the Washington Nationals to advance; ditto – San Francisco was down 0-2 to the Reds and looked all but done heading into Cincinnati; it was the Orioles on the brink of elimination in game 4, beating the Yankees in 13 innings to force a game 5; it was Coco Crisp’s walk-off single as the A’s got to Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning to force a fifth and final showdown in the ALDS. The roller coaster ride of October baseball 2012 was drama at it’s finest. This recognition coming from a die-hard Red Sox fan who still dreams of 2004.
The Giants won in part on sheer will and strategic moves – without closer Brian Wilson, without Melky Cabrera who was eligible for World Series play. Instead the Giants acquired 36 year old Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies in July – he then became the NLCS MVP. They started pitcher Barry Zito who was left out of the 2010 World Series starting rotation, the Giants moved starting pitcher Tim “The Freak” Lincecum to relief and after a devastating year where everything went wrong, he was freakishly stellar off the bench, and they started Ryan Vogelsong who’s story of bouncing around the minors and Japan for a decade before getting his chance as a starter at age 35 in the Giants’ World Series rotation inspired millions of little leaguers around the world (and probably 100s of TV execs anxious to tell his story). Vogelsong, the heart beat. After being down 3 games to 1 against the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, this team of all heart won the next 7 straight games. And last night, that 36-year-old pick-up second baseman Marco Scutaro’s clutch game winning hit in the 10th, scored infielder Ryan Theriot from 2nd in the 10th to propel the Giants to become the 2012 World Series Champions.
The streets of San Francisco were filled with celebrating fans Sunday night following the win and the sound of car horns and fireworks were being heard all over the city. Which is why today’s World Series Fan Find of the Day is the San Francisco Giants Victory Parade.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has announced there will be a ticker-tape parade for the Giants on Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 11 a.m from the foot of Market Street to the Civic Center, according to a tweet sent out by @SFGiants
The 2012 World Series parade will most likely start at Jackson Square, head down Montgomery Street, and then turn onto Market: that was the parade route for the 2010 World Series victory celebration, as well as the parade route to celebrate the Giants’ move to San Francisco in 1958.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 will broadcast the parade live and cbsSF.com will live stream the event.
Congratulations to the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. This incredible October is making it close to impossible to wait for April.
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