This is a little late, I know.
While the San Francisco Giants may not be as fabled as the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox, the Giants are still a team to be reckoned with, and, by winning their third World Series championship in five years, they've established themselves as a dynasty.
It's a pity, though, that they had to beat the Kansas City Royals to do it. The Royals, which has been one of those teams that have been toiling in futility for so long, had not been to the World Series since 1985, when they last won it. So, when they won a staggering string of ten playoff games entering the Series, a lot of baseball fans, including myself, found themselves rooting for this Cinderella team.
The Series itself was historic, since it would be the first time that two wild card teams would be vying for the championship. While Kansas City had a nice narrative going for them as they romped into the Series, San Francisco's journey was no less epic, having to go through powerful teams (the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals) to make it to the Series.
In the Series, the Giants immediately put an end to the Royals' streak, beating the Royals' ace pitcher James Shields, in commanding fashion. However, the Royals managed to pay the Giants back in similar fashion in Game Two, and went on the road to San Francisco, needing to win at least one game to send it back to Kansas City (Games Three to Five would be played in San Francisco).
The Royals managed just that, winning one of three games to head back to Kansas City, needing a Game Six win to send it to a sudden-death Game Seven.
The Royals feasted on Giants' pitching in Game Six, winning it handily, 10-0, and set the stage for the winner-take-all Game Seven.
In Game Seven, both starting pitchers didn't last long, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy yanked Tim Hudson early, while Royals manager Ned Yost pulled Jeremy Guthrie with the game tied.
Then, after the Giants managed to gain a slim, one-run lead, Bochy sent in his ace, Madison Bumgarner, winner of Games One and Four, to pitch in relief. Bumgarner, nicknamed "MadBum", delivered, as he pitched five solid innings on two days' rest to gain the save, the Series MVP, and the championship for the Giants.
With his stellar performance, Bumgarner joins the roster of legendary players who have excelled in the Series. Over the three World Series in which he has pitched, Bumgarner has compiled a 4-0 record, and a minuscule 0.25 ERA (earned run average), with an equally minuscule WHIP (walks and hits per 9 innings) of 0.556; it's a record that could stand the test of time. Not bad for a pitcher who's only been pitching for six years in the majors. At the young age of 25, he has all the opportunity to build on this year's astonishing performance.
As for the Royals, the off-season will be one of retrospection and reflection, as they plan for next year's season's pennant run.