San Francisco won its first ever World Series Championship last night with a 3-1 victory over Texas, taking the series in five games.
It was Renton native Tim Lincecum who starred yesterday, out-dueling Cliff Lee over eight nearly flawless innings.
In the end, the Giants pitching was just too much for the Rangers. In a five-game series, San Francisco tossed two shutouts and had another game allowing just one run.
It’s a special day in San Francisco – a city that has never had a World Series winner, despite having a team since 1958.
I enjoyed this series. I always like it when a new team wins, and this year that was a guarantee regardless who won it. I also enjoy it when young players are key components, and again that was the case with both teams. And on top of all of that, it’s great to see a local player shine. The only thing missing was a former Rainiers player in the mix.
San Francisco needed 52 years to win a World Series. Seattle has had a team for 34 years without winning it all. Hopefully we can win one without having to wait as long as San Francisco did!
Lots of links today:
- Tim Lincecum was The Man yesterday, and he was the subject of a national piece from ESPN.
- For the second time in his career, Edgar Renteria had the World Series-winning hit.
- The Giants think that their young pitching will give them a chance to return to the World Series soon.
- Talented writers working on deadline amaze me. Jim Caple turned out this gem following last night’s game. At the end of the story, Caple provides a look at how sports journalists sort of – but not really – stop being fans.
- Hey, there’s Mariners news, too! Geoff Baker has an update on the Mariners coaching staff.
- Dustin Ackley is putting up big numbers in the Arizona Fall League, but he hasn’t been stealing bases like the M’s want him to. Kirby Arnold has the story.
- The second-best pitcher in Japan is coming to the USA. Larry Stone doubts that the Mariners will be interested.
- Former Tacoma Rainiers pitching coach Ron Romanick got the Oakland job.
- Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame member Artie Wilson passed away Sunday at age 90. Wilson is an interesting story on many levels - Larry Stone wrote about how he mentored Willie Mays, and his obit in The Oregonian focused on Wilson’s life in Portland.
- Speaking of Mays, here is his reaction to the Giants win.
- Baseball Prospectus has a free Q&A with Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Jerry Howarth. Howarth talks about the two seasons he called games for the Tacoma Twins (1974-75), and how it was his Triple-A manager who helped him break into the major leagues.
Only three and a half months until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!