Torture no more, Giants Nation. Edgar Renteria broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, three-run seventh inning homer off Cliff Lee and Tiny Tim Lincecum pitched eight marvellous innings to lead San Francisco to a 3-1 win tonight for the franchise’s first World Series since 1954, and first since moving to the Bay in 1958. Lincecum gave up just three hits and struck out 10 Rangers to grab his second win of the Fall Classic, setting up local crazy man Brian Wilson for a one-two-three ninth to touch off the celebration. Renteria’s .412 average and pair of homers, including the winner tonight, were enough to grab MVP honours.
It was a long time coming for San Francisco, and must be especially sweet after a heartwrenching loss to the Angels in the ’02 Series. They were the best of the best this time around, though, knocking off the Braves in a tightly-contested four-game NLDS, then the two-time defending National League champion Phillies in six to get through to face Texas. They dealt with Lee, who came in undefeated in eight previous playoff starts and 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA this year, beating him a pair of times in the five-game series to come away with it all. Well deserved, if you ask me.
So, that caps another year of baseball. How long until pitchers and catchers report?