The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 to take the World Series by four games to one.Â The winning blow was a seventh inning three run home run off Texas ace Cliff Lee by veteran Edgar Renteria.Â Â Giants starter Tim Lincecum pitched eight strong innings, striking out ten.Â Closer Brian Wilson finished the evening with a one, two, three ninth inning.
The Giants had not won a World Series since moving to San Francisco.Â The team won most recently in 1954 when it was still based in New York.Â That year Willie Mays came back from two years in the Army to lead a team that swept the American League champs, the Cleveland Indians, who had won 111 games that year.
Renteria hit one of Texas starter Cliff Lee's few mistakes of the evening into the left field stands with two men on and two men out.
The Giants team featured platinum rookies Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, young veteran starting pitchers Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez, and a group of position players mostly signed on waivers from the Island of Misfit Toys.Â Team home run leader Aubrey Huff signed with the Giants when no other team had made him an offer in the spring.Â He'd been a designated hitter in the American League but played a solid first base for the Giants.Â Juan Uribe had been a utility infielder and pinch hitter for the last couple of years.Â He played regularly for the Giants and was second on the team with twenty four home runs.Â Left fielder Pat Burrell was out of baseball for more than a week in mid season when the Giants picked him up.Â He hit eighteen home runs in a bit more than half a season with the club.Â Edgar Renteria is an aging former star shortstop who spent a good deal of the year on the disabled list.Â He had talked about retiring at the end of the season. He played the entire post season with a torn biceps.Â It didn't stop him from hitting two key home runs in the Series. Â Two other key late season acquisitions were relievers Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez who made the Giants' relief corps the best in the major leagues.
The Giants in San Francisco appeared in the World Series several times including star crossed losses in 1962 to the Yankees, 1989 to the A's in the year of the earthquake, and the 2002 debacle where they gave the deciding game away to the Angels.Â This year was different.Â Their blue collar team squeaked by in two hard fought playoff series to dominate a favored Texas team in the Series.
When former president Bush appeared on camera in the first game in Arlington, Bay Area fans in sports bars booed him raucously.
A serious drawback to the TV coverage was the Fox team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.Â They had a difficult time remembering that they were broadcasting baseball games in real time, sometimes ignoring on field action to talk about Fox football games or upcoming TV shows.Â They interrupted the play by play for silly human interest interviews, many of which were taped previous to the game.Â Most annoying for Bay Area baseball fans was the Fox team's inability to pronounce Juan Uribe's last name.Â It's pronounced Ooreebay, not Yooreebay.Â Juan Uribe is the nephew of the late Giants infielder Jose Uribe.Â When uncle Jose played for the Giants fans would chant "Ooreebay, Ooreebay" when he came to bat or made a good play.Â When nephew Juan joined the team fans picked up right where they left off.
Bay Area fans did not have the option of listening to the game on the radio to hear the vastly superior Giants broadcasting team and muting the TV audio.Â The TV and radio feeds were out of synch.Â The radio feed was a second or two ahead of the TV feed.Â The viewer listening to the radio play by play got the eerie sensation of hearing the action described before it appeared on the TV.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle