Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Miggy in the Orange and Black

Tejada in the Orange and Black?

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says it's true --

extrabaggs Our Monte Poole heard the Giants have agreed to a deal with SS Miguel Tejada. More details to come.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Orlando Cabrera in the Orange and Black?

That's the prediction from the always insightful Lefty Malo, now that Juan Uribe has defected to Chavez Latrine: I floated the Manny Burriss scenario last week, but I don't think the Giants will leave themselves veteranless at the position. Barring a wild seven-player trade with Minnesota that includes JJ Hardy, I think the Giants will sign Orlando Cabrera to a one-year deal, hope he can still pick it, hit him 8th, and try like hell to bolster the offense any other which way they can this winter. If Burriss or Brandon Crawford forces his way into the picture in 2011, fine and dandy.
Goodbye, Juan. You are dead to us now.

Back to Cabrera -- the Giants would be his 9th MLB stop and his sixth since 2007. Glancing at his stats, it looks like he's a pretty good defender. He's 36 and played for $2 million last year for the Reds, where he had a .303 OBP, 4 HRs and 42 RBIs. Then he went one for 8 in the NLDS.

You may be thinking, "Hey. That's kind of old for a shortstop." Consider that Omar Vizquel, who will be 44 next year, is already signed to a $1.75 million deal with the Chisox. He's 201 hits short of 3,000 and had a stunning .276 OBP last year in nearly 400 plate appearances.

Juan Uribe = Jason Schmidt?

Let's hope so, anyhow.

For any Giant fan lamenting the loss of Juan Uribe to the Dodgers, here's a little reminder of what happened to the last Giant who signed a three-year deal to play in Chavez Latrine.

Jason Schmidt turned his back on the Giants to sign a 3-year deal for $45 million. He got three wins and is now out of baseball. That should show you how evil the Dodgers are.

Back to earth for fans of the Orange and Black

RIP Leslie Nielsen

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The DP problem

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sportsmen of the Year?

Sports Illustrated reporter Tom Verducci proposes that the 2010 Giants be named the mag's Sporstmen of the Year. Here's an excerpt:

Not only did the Giants give their fans a winner, they also gave them an unforgettable one, one with a Playbill's worth of characters who exuded joy and thankfulness about what was happening. They are now characters, and not unlike the misfits and urchins Dickens himself gave us, who are established eternally.

Wilson and that frightfully awful beard. Aubrey Huff and the red thong. Lincecum and the hair. Cody Ross, the greatest in-season claim in the history of waivers. The prenaturally cool Buster Posey. The unflappable Matt Cain. The very roundness of Pablo Sandoval and Juan Uribe. The redemption of prodigal Bay Area son Pat Burrell.

The SI award gets announced Monday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What I'm thankful for

I am most thankful for my lovely wife, followed closely by my family, friends, my dog and my health. I am also grateful that I live in a country with an imperfect but tolerable political system.

And I am thankful for the 2010 San Francisco Giants. What a thrill it was to hear Edgar Renteria's homer go out in the 7th and Brian Wilson record the final strike three on Nov. 1.

And I remain thankful to all the Giants who gave it their best over the years. Terry Mulholland and Fred Breining. Joe Strain and Billy North. Marvin Benard and Big Mo Alou. Jackie Brandt and Kirt Manwaring. Jim Barr and Tom Bradley. Dirty Al Gallager and Fran Healy. Milt May and Chili Davis. Dan Gladden and Marc Hill. Steve Decker and Royce Clayton. Bobby Estalella and Marquis Grissom. Mike Matheny and JT Snow. Mike Felder and Willie McGee. Ken Henderson and Ron Hunt. Vida and Atlee. Jose Uribe and Mike Benjamin. John Burkett and Billy Swift. Bill Mueller and Mark Gardner. Billy O'Dell and Jack Sanford. Benito Santiago and Ellis Burks.

Giants Vs. Dbacks, Feb. 25

No deal yet on Uribe

Chris Haft of mlb.com posts on the Giants official site that the club's offered Juan Uribe (AKA Jazz Hands, Number 5) arbitration but he is unlikely to accept so it's also considering its options--

"We're just not talking the same language yet, as far as ballpark figures," said Sabean, adding that the Giants have explored trade possibilities for another shortstop. Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett, Kansas City's Yuniesky Betancourt and Boston's Marco Scutaro are among the shortstops said to be available through trade.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The thongtastic Huff signs 2-year deal

Well, that didn't take long. He's signed for 2 years for $22 million with a club option in 2013, according to Henry Schulman's initial post for the SF Chronicle. Seems like a good price if he keeps mashing. Huff is currently 43rd on the HR list of active players with 229 (Pat the Bat is 29th).

One interesting note -- Huff's walk rate went through the roof in 2010 to a career high 83. Andres Torres was second on the team with 56.

Sandoval led in 2009 with 52 (!!!) and Winn in 2008 with 57. Barry Bonds got 132 in 2007.

UPDATE -- Nice post at Splashing Pumpkins (I finally got the name right) about this signing -- If Huff can meet his Bill James projections of .269/.348/.453 and play decent defense (maybe just a little above average), he'll be worth it. The Giants can use him as the starting first baseman until Brandon Belt is major-league ready, and at that point they can move Huff to the outfield. It's of course a risk, as Huff might not be able to play good defense in the outfield as he did in 2010, but it's a risk that the Giants will take. For $10MM, Huff's worth it. After all, the guy did finish 7th in NL MVP voting.

In response, a commenter named KingStBaller had this to say -- I'm hoping that Huff exceeds the Bill James projections. Two reasons I think he will: One, it took him at least a month into the season to adapt to hitting at ATT Park. Two, he's got Buster hitting behind him for a full season instead of Bengie.

More Miller time

Jon Miller says he probably won't take ESPN's offer to do radio, according to Henry Schulman's story in the SF Chronicle. I notice he just turned 59. My guess is that getting on planes all the time has lost its dazzle.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Orange and Black MVP voting

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bartlett in the Orange and Black?

The 10 Greatest Living Players

Saturday, November 20, 2010

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Another Casilla in the Orange and Black

Santiago Casilla's younger brother Jose is now part of the Giants' 40-man roster. It sounds like he was pretty good in the South Atlantic League, which I think used to be known as the Sally League. Here's what Chris Haft of mlb.com reports -- Casilla, the younger brother of Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, finished 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA and 14 saves in 46 appearances. The 21-year-old made the South Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team.

I can't help but think of the amazing situation in 1963 where the three Alou brothers were all on the Giants roster at the same time.

Walker and Mort Cooper -- stars of the great St. Louis teams of the World War II years -- were both on the 1947 Giants.

But back to the 1963 Giants, who went 88-74 and were a fearsome offensive machine with three Hall of Famers in the starting lineup and two Hall of Famers on the pitching staff, Marichal and a very young Gaylord Perry. The three starters -- Marichal, Jack Sanford and Billy O'Dell -- were pretty good while the fourth slot was divvied up among Billy Pierce, Bob Bolin and Jack Fisher. One oddity was that the Giants had no real closer in the pen that year with Pierce getting 8 saves and Bolin getting seven -- or half of the 31 that team had.

Marichal pitched 321 innings that year and Sanford had 284 -- remarkable numbers when you consider that this year's Cy Young winners logged about 250 each. No one's gone over 300 innings since Steve Carlton in 1980.It was no biggie for pitchers to log 300 innings before then and in the first decade of the 20th Century, there were a few guys like Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity, Ed Walsh and Jack Chesbro who would go over 400.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lincecum paves the way for King Felix

Felix Hernandez, he of the 13-12 record, won the AL Cy Young today and absolutely deserved it with the most strikeouts and innings and an ERA title. He got 21 of 28 first-place votes even though Sabbathia had won 21 and David Price had 19. And I'm convinced that this would have been a much closer race without Tim Lincecum's back-to-back Cy Youngs -- even though he didn't lead the league in wins either year. Tim's 15 wins last year were the lowest for a Cy Young winner other than Fernando Valenzuela's 13 in the strike year of 1981. The notion of using wins as a tool for evaluating the value of starting pitching has undergone a profound change.

Do you even remember who led the league in wins in 2008 (Brandon Webb with 22) and 2009 (Adam Wainright with 19) as well as you remember who the best pitcher in the NL was in those two years?

Scott at Crazy Crabbers makes a case that Matt Cain may have the best Giants pitcher in 2010.

Matt even got a fifth place vote for the Cy Young, while Tim got 2 of those and Brian Wilson got five plus a fourth place vote. However, they have World Series rings and Cy Young winner Roy Halladay does not.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Victory Parade

How could you not have a good time?
This looks like some serious fun

Belting in the Arizona Fall League

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More props to Buster's rookie season

Chris Quick at Bay City Ball has a very sharp piece about the other eight Rookies of the Year who were catchers. He rates Buster's season as the sixth best, based on WAR (wins above replacement). It's better than Earl Williams, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Benito Santiago but not as good as Geovany Soto, Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson, Mike Piazza or Carlton Fisk.

That's some pretty good company! And since I'm still somewhat incoherent over the 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, I'm going to re-post MC O'Connor's well-expressed reaction at Raising (Matt) Cain to Buster's award --

We are not surprised here at RMC, we saw Buster play every day and we know that he is a special player. Like battery-mate Tim Lincecum, he has that rare "watch me" quality. Tim is freakish and electric, you watch because you can't wait to see what happens next. Buster is the opposite. Everything he does is relaxed and easy, you watch because he is so damn reassuring. "Buster's back there," I'd think, "it's going to be OK." Or "he's up next, we'll get it done now." Imagine, a Giants fan feeling secure and confident. But that's what Buster brought to this ballclub. Can you believe how poised and articulate he was after every post-season game?

We are so, so lucky to have Buster Posey. After a World Series ring, and a Rookie of the Year award, what's next? MVP? Another ring? Bring it on, Buster!

Jason Heyward and Jamie Garcia were both outstanding and would have been deserving winners. They just had to compete against Buster Posey, and even with a month's head start it wasn't enough. Buster is that good.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Belt in the Orange and Black?

Buster goes back to work

Here's one of the many reasons why Giants fans feel so good about the new Rookie of the Year -- here's how Henry Schulman concludes his story for the SF Chronicle:

Posey's plans to improve his defense begin in the weight room next week. He said he will try to make his hips more flexible so he can block balls in the dirt better.

MY COMMENT -- I ask you -- can you imagine Bengie Molina doing the same?

The right chioice -- even if you're not a Giants fan

Buster Posey narrowly defeats Jason Heyward for NL Rookie of the Year.This one was reminiscent of Stretch's astounding 1959 season. Key verbiage from MLB.com -- Posey cooled off a bit at the plate in August but rebounded with eight homers in the season's stretch run in September and October. The rookie worked his way into the cleanup spot, from where he helped lift the Giants over the Padres and into the playoffs as the NL West champions on the season's final day.

John Shea of the Chronicle tweeted this -- @JohnSheaHey More about how you finish than how you start? Heyward homered in 1st reg-season AB, Posey homered in his last reg-season AB

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Is Buster Rookie of the Year?

Results are announced Monday. Chris Haft of mlb.com has a nice preview story. He quotes Tim Lincecum as crediting Buster for helping him get over his awful August -- "He helped me get out of my ruts, gave me a lot of feedback on my pitches, telling me to still be confident, [that] I'm here for a reason."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"We win it all"

Topps card contest

Topps has a contest running to name its top cards. Vote early and often! What a wonderful shot of Marichal in his rookie year -- before he'd broken in with a dazzling one-hitter. By contrast, Mays is all intensity in his first two cards.

At Giants Win, we look for any excuse to post images of the greatest players to wear the Orange and Black. Willie Mays is nominated three times for the 1952, 1953 and 1955 cards -- with the 1955 card coming after he'd established himself as a superstar. Juan Marichal's 1961 card is a shot of a guy who has yet to pitch in the bigs.

How much will Uribe cost?

No Taiwan trip for the Orange and Black

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nishioka in the Orange and Black

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 26-year-old Tsyuoshi Nishioka -- a star in Japan -- wants to play for a West Coast team. Here's the key reportage --

Nishioka wants to play on the West Coast and is also interested in playing for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, the source said.

The Dodgers are known to have scouted Nishioka, a 26-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who led Japan’s Pacific League in hitting this year with a .346 average.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Greinke effect

I notice that several stories have come out recently that the Royals are getting serious trade proposals from the Jays and the Yanks for Zack Greinke -- who was the AL winner of the Cy Young last year along with Tim Lincecum. Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest says "the price will be steep."

Perhaps a few GMs are realizing that it's worthwhile to have a young starting pitching staff like the Giants, when then gives you a real shot at winning the whole thing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reminder: the Giants won the World Series

That's my reaction to assertions that Andres Torres didn't win a Gold Glove. Shane Victorino did. Gold Glove winners tend to be those who have reputations so the big surprise would have been if the writers had actually voted in Torres -- who's still looked upon as a fluke, much like the World Series title for the Giants.

It's just a reminder of the East Coast that pervades sportswriting, along with the fact that Giants play most of their games at night in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego -- long after most of the nation is tuned out.

Remember '51 has a pretty decent analysis that winds up comparing Torres to Mickey Rourke -- which makes Victorino the equivalent of Sean Penn.

UPDATE -- Giantsrainman points out that managers and players make the determination of the Gold Glove winners.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Revisiting Nov. 1, 2010

I am still glowing from the World Series victory. Many thanks to my sister, who just bought me an awesome official T-shirt as a birthday present.

So let's revisit, shall we? Dave Sherin of the Washington Post (registration may be required) has a respectable analysis titled "A Fluke or a Lesson for All Others" from last week that makes three major points:
1. Pitching is supreme
2. Bochy did a pretty good managing job

3. Burrell, Ross and Lopez were great pickups, but the No. 1 move was to bring up Buster Posey.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Wilson has some fun on Leno

Just like in the World Series, Brian Wilson delivers the goods. Jay Leno has tons of fun during the 4 minutes. I didn't realize who "The Machine" was until watching this clip.

I would bet that Wilson might be on a few more shows.

Miller-Morgan leaving ESPN

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Who's at short for the Orange and Black?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Andres Torres = Carl Crawford

One of the key factors in the Giants going all the way this year has to have been Andres Torres -- who played well enough early to put Aaron on the bench and then kept playing well enough to evoke comparisons with Carl Crawford. Lefty Malo has a pretty solid post about whether the Giants should make a run at Crawford.

Friday, November 05, 2010

"The Misfits of 2010"

Nick Cannata-Bowman has a terrific end of the season post at Croix de Candlestick -- Here's his conclusion about what happened after Game No. 162 --

The small sample-sizes that compose the postseason worked completely in favor of the Giants.
Strange things began to happen. Things like timely defensive meltdowns from the likes of Brooks Conrad and Chase Utley became the norm. The Disney story that practically wrote itself of Bobby Cox’ last managerial season was sent packing after two improbable victories at Turner Field. A Phillies pitching staff with a cool nickname that pundits said couldn’t be beat was proven to be all too mortal. Cliff Lee, one of the historically best postseason pitchers of all time, lost not once, but twice in decisive fashion to a team that wasn’t supposed to be able to hit.
Part of what made this World Series victory so sweet was the bizarre way in which it was won. Almost every step of the way, some strange brand of voodoo always seemed to intervene in the Giants’ favor. Ian Kinsler hit a ball that was centimeters away from being a home run that bounced back into the field of play. The unbeatable Cliff Lee suddenly left pitches up in key spots to hitters who had no business doing what they did. Juan Uribe hit a walk-0ff sacrifice fly to deep left-field on a slider he had no business pulling. The list goes on.
Needless to say, the jubilation of this World Series was not lost on me. The fluky nature of this whole season in the end made it that much more special. The Barry Bonds-led juggernaut offense of 2002 couldn’t do it. Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, and Juan Marichal couldn’t do it either. But Cody Ross and friends saved the day in the end. It’s almost too poetic how the heartbreak of Hall of Famers past is now redeemed by the misfits of 2010. All that futility, all the failure, and all the tears all culminated in what was an improbable climb to victory.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

"Thongtastic" Huff back in the Orange and Black?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Giants at 10-1 to repeat

A Giants Win hat tip to Raising (Matt) Cain for pointing this out --

Bodog has already posted its odds on 2011 World Series along with the Bosox.

Yankees 4/1
Phillies 6/1
Red Sox 10/1
Giants 10/1
Cardinals 14/1
Rays 14/1
Twins 16/1
Rangers 16/1
Braves 18/1
Rockies 18/1
Reds 20/1
Padres 20/1
White Sox 22/1
Dodgers 22/1
Angels 25/1

Lincecum song - NSFW but damn funny

RIP Clyde King

He's best remembered for managing the Yankees and working in their front office -- particularly for being the guy who George Steinbrenner assigned to tell Yogi Berra that he'd been fireed. But he also led the Giants in 1969, when they went 90-72, and part of 1970 before giving way to Charlie Fox. The New York Times has a pretty good obit.

He also managed the Braves, so he's the only guy who managed both Mays and Aaron. The 1969 season was like so many others in that decade -- the Giants fell short of the postseason. In this case, they were on top of the NL West in the first year ever for divisions in Game 154 over Atlanta but went 3-5 over the last eight games.

Game 154 was a 4-2 win at San Diego in which Willie Mays came off the bench to hit his 13th homer of the year. It was also the 600th of his career.

King debuted as a pitcher in 1944 for the Dodgers as a reliever for Ralph Branca against the Giants and got hammered. He had a 32-25 record over seven years.

Huff back in the Orange and Black?

A crucial offseason for the Panda

Adios, Fire Sabean.com

A few minutes ago, I went to the Fire Sabean site -- which delivered solid commentary all year long -- to find out that it's being taken down and replaced by www.bleedorangeandblack.com

I will post the new site on the blog roll.

In the meantime, though, I've been thinking about what led to the first World Series Championship for the San Francisco Giants. Brian Sabean's made terrible decisions for many years and this season had plenty of them early on such as re-signing Bengie Molina, signing Mark DeRosa, signing Todd Wellemeyer and continuing to start Aaron Rowand. Those four players were so awful by late May (or injured, in DeRosa's case) that Sabean were forced to come up with alternatives. Had those four guys played a little better -- a scenario that's not unrealistic -- the team would have stuck with them and wound up with significantly fewer wins.

Instead, the four basically played so poorly that four key things happened --

1. Buster Posey got called up on May 29
2. Pat Burrell got signed on May 29
3. Madison Bumgarner got called up on June 25
4. Andres Torres started playing every day

None of these are exactly genius moves -- in fact, Posey and Bumgarner should have not started the season in the minors and Sabean was flat out stupid to do so -- but they all paid off big time. As for the rest of the reasons why the team won a World Series, the biggest reason by far is that Sabean did NOT trade any of the four starting pitchers. Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum and Sanchez pitched so well that they negated yet another garbage season from Sabean's prime signing, Barry Zito. We're only stuck with Zito for three more years.

Four other factors worked out exceptionally well for the Giants and I'd say Sabean was more than a bit lucky:

1. Juan Uribe had a career year. It was not a complete surprise, given how exceptional he was during the last two months of 2009 when he pretty much carried the offense.
2. Aubrey Huff outperformed expectations big time after a truly lousy 2009. That WAS a big surprise.
3. Once he came back, Freddy Sanchez stayed injury free for a change and played pretty damn well.
4. Brian Wilson elevated his game to elite status -- a truly wonderful thing for Giants fans but also something of a surprise.

Finally, the trades for Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez worked out exceptionally while the Jose Guillen deal was unimpressive. Again, this worked out exceptionally well for Sabean -- Guillen was so lousy by the end of the year that the Giants had no alternative but to start Cody Ross, who'd been acquired as waiver blocking move just so the Padres would not get him. Had Guillen even been respectable with a few more homers, Ross might have not even made the postseason roster. And as we all know, Ross was a huge reason why the Giants played so well in the postseason.

So the bottom line is that Sabean did make some very good moves -- after making initial choices that turned out to be so lousy that he was forced to admit a mistake and find a new solution. As I said, if Rowand, DeRosa, Wellemeyer, Molina and Guillen performed a little better, the season's final outcome might have been very different.

In other words, Fire Sabean has nothing to apologize for.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Andy Etchebarren and Buster Posey

Phil Coffin of the New York Times has a nice piece comparing the catchers of the 1966 Orioles and the 2010 Giants.

The 1966 World Series was my favorite one until the 2010 Series. It's the first time since 1966 that a team has had two shutouts (the Orioles had three and had a rookie catcher behind the plate). For those of you who don't remember back that far, the bottom line is that the Dodgers gagged as badly as any team ever has, so that Oriole team has always been among my faves. The Dodgers batted .142 and scored two runs on 17 hits in four games. They also made six errors in Game 2.

That pitching staff featured Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Wally Bunker and Moe Drabowsky. Palmer, McNally and Etchebarren were still around in 1970 when the Orioles blew threw the Reds in five games.

Etchebarren's best offensive year by far was 1966 when he had 11 homers and 50 RBIs but he managed to last 15 years, mostly with Baltimore. He even made the All-Star team and finished 17th in MVP voting that year.

Renteria back in the Orange and Black?

Monday, November 01, 2010

"It's great to be young and a Giant"

Here's to all the San Francisco Giants who have made the last 53 seasons so enthralling -- Jim Davenport, Chuck Hiller, Jim Ray Hart, Hal Lanier, Tito Fuentes, Dave Rader, Mike Sadek, Steve Ontiveros, Bob Bolin. The Count and Bobby Bonds. Stretch and Larry Herndon. Jose Uribe and Robby Thompson. The Thrill and Matt Williams. Billy Swift and Trevor Wilson. Jose Pagan and Jeffrey Leonard. Gary Lavelle and Randy Moffit. Darrell Evans and Scott Garrelts. Chili Davis and Bob Brenly. Big Daddy and Sad Sam Jones, the Toothpick Man. Steady Eddie Bressoud and Billy Pierce. Harvey Kuenn and Billy "Digger" O'Dell. Jack Sanford and Stu "The Killer Moth" Miller. Felipe, Matty and Jesus. Jeff Brantley and Vida Blue. Rod "Shooter" Beck and the Baby Bull. Robb Nen and J.T.

Here's why this guy won two Cy Youngs

Lost amid the amazement about the first San Francisco Giants World Series Championship on Monday night is the guy who put them in a position to win. Tim was pitching so well that Bruce Bochy had the good sense to keep him in even after he gave up a homer to Nelson Cruz in the seventh. Here's what the New York Times game story reported --

On Monday, they had three hits off Lincecum, who walked 2 and struck out 10. He outdueled Lee in Game 1 but, as he admitted, did not pitch his best, working five and two-thirds innings. Lincecum was so dominant Monday that of his 101 pitches, the Rangers swung and missed 16 times, including 10 times on a slider that might have been the best pitch of the postseason.

“He definitely showed us tonight why he’s a young guy that’s won the Cy Young Award twice,” Rangers left fielder David Murphy said. “He can control it, and he’s got electric stuff.”

The moment we've all been waiting for

I don't believe it

But it finally happened. Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News has his game story up, building up to the key moment of total redemption for Edgar Renteria --

Aubrey Huff, who had exactly zero sacrifice hits to his credit in an 11-year career, surprised the ballpark when he sent a bunt up the first base line that Lee scampered to field.

Huff put both runners in scoring position for Pat Burrell, who was benched the previous night and came to the plate 0 for 11 with nine strikeouts in the series.

There was no redemptive moment. Burrell worked the count full but struck out on a cutter. He passed Renteria on his way back to the dugout and appeared to shout, "Let's go, papi."

Renteria's 35-year-old body broke down three times this season and had him thinking of retirement. But he mustered a swing for the annals, lifting a 2-0 cutter that made Josh Hamilton drift back and back until the wall rudely bumped him.

The Giants dugout celebrated as Renteria calmly rounding the bases. It was his second three-RBI game of this World Series. He didn't have a three-RBI game in the regular season.

I think it's been the most amazing two months of my life as a Giants fan. This team dialed it up starting in September and never really stopped. They were 12 games over .500 on August 31 and four games behind the Padres, knocked off the Rox, 5-2 with a three-run eighth that featured a homer by Torres and a two-run double by Posey and never looked back.

Game 5 lineup

RF Torres
2B Sanchez
C Posey
LF Ross
3B Uribe
1B Huff
DH Burrell
SS Renteria
CF Rowand