NLCS, Game Six: THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!
I’ve been waiting for this day ever since the end of the 2002 season, the last time the Giants made it to the World Series. For fans of a number of organizations, that doesn’t seem like a long time- and I suppose it really isn’t. What I can say, though, is that I’ve lived and died with this team every single year. I’ve disliked our management for quite some time now, and to be perfectly honest, I can’t say that this season has made me change my mind. The Giants have always been adept at identifying good pitching; hitting, on the other hand, is quite a different story. All the same, though, we’re about to play in the World Series- so I can’t really complain. Things have gone our way this season, and we’re in the frickin’ World Series! Right now, it sure is nice to be a Giants fan. And it will be, for at least another year or two- players on the free agent market are going to see that the Giants are indeed a competitive team, and they’ll probably be more likely to want to sign here. At least, I hope.
Today’s game was frightening for me in a number of ways- the Phillies scored two runs right off the bat, and I’ll be completely honest… I didn’t think the Giants would recover. And they did. Call it what you want- “heart,” “grit,” “determination,” “random variations”- I don’t care. The end result was absolutely beautiful. In a number of ways it feels like it was the entire season in a nutshell. The Giants give up two runs and the offense looks downright horrendous, until things start going our way- the pitching staff keeps it close, and we scrape as many runs off the other team as we can. And, of course, the bottom of the ninth was stress-inducing. Wilson’s backdoor slider to strike out Ryan Howard with runners on first and second on a 3-2 count…well, it really doesn’t get more dramatic than that (and a part of me wonders if Wilson wanted to do just that).
And there it is. The Phillies had a win expectancy of 58.5% with none on and two outs when Juan Uribe poked a home run off of Ryan Madson (would that ball go out in most other parks?) to right field; that dropped their WE to 30.5%. The rest of the game belonged to the Giants, although it certainly got interesting.
We’re going to the World Series. And it feels amazing to be able to say that.