So I knew I wanted to use this graphic I’d been working on, but didn’t know if I’d find the perfect opportunity to do so. The perfect opportunity presented itself last night via Kansas City as the San Francisco Giants took the 2014 World Series four games to three and with a final score of three to two.
Funny thing is due to conflicting interests(?!?), I only got to watch two of the seven series games in their entirety; the sixth and the final seventh. If you watched the sixth game… you know the Kansas City Royals chopped off the San Francisco Giants’ ass and handed it to them on a platter. Sorry, but they did- it was ugly…
I can’t imaging how as a team you go to sleep the night of a beating like that and actually sleep. I mean, how would you even begin to turn a ten to zero loss off in your heads? Hell, it took me some time to turn it off and I was no where near the field!
Not so odd then yesterday as I was returning home from the morning bike ride, I noticed so many long faces in the streets. Seriously, I stopped a few times just to commiserate. I wanted to shout out: ‘I feel your pain’. I didn’t though, instead I went home, prepared for work and told myself, ‘Hey, it ain’t over ’til it’s over, one more game to go’.
Five p.m. game time and I could have camped out under the evening sky at City Hall where lots of people were watching the game on a huge outdoor screen. Instead I stayed home to watch. Three games each meant the winner was in fact the winner of the series, no questions asked and if things didn’t turn out so good, I wanted to shed private tears..
All I can say is wow, what a game! Again, as in my previous post way back when the Giants made being in the series official, I said I wouldn’t try giving a breakdown of the highlights. I say the same here because there are far too many excellent sites with full fledged stats for your consumption.
All I know is I was on the edge of my seat as were many of my neighbors going by the intermittent screams and moans wafting through my open window.
I have to say I like that this series went down to the wire. It wasn’t a done deal until relief pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw his final pitch resulting in a foul which was then caught by Pedro Sandoval to end the ninth inning and hence the series.
It was an extraordinary game with the Giants’ Bumgarner showing at only twenty-five, he’s quickly becoming something of a legend in the sport! No doubt there’s a long career ahead of him if he’s careful and respects his gifts.
Several times the telecast (actually online!) I saw feed from City Hall here in San Francisco. The crowd was something to behold from beginning right up to the end. I missed that party, but not the one happening tomorrow when the Giants are celebrated with a massive parade!
The San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in’10, ’12, and now ’14… every two years??? maybe. Doesn’t matter. What does matter is I got to see some phenomenal baseball played by TWO GREAT TEAMS.
The Kansas City Royals have nothing to be down on themselves for. They took the Giants all the way to a final and decisive seventh game on their home turf. The game could have gone either way. I don’t think too many would argue the point.
… So the Giants will celebrate back home tomorrow… hopefully I’ll have a few parade shots comin’ at cha soon!
K’lee L. ©2014