The baseball season started with a 4-0 undefeated run, but saw the Giants drop to 4th place by the All Star break. As the season wore on, the boys found their magic, and with the late season addition of some key talent, the team found its way into the postseason and rode extraordinary pitching to claim the first World Series Championship since the team came to the City by the Bay.
There’s much more to say about it, but this article from the San Jose Mercury News tells it best.
For me personally, this was the year that I saw more postseason play than any time in the past. (Even more than in 2003 when I followed the team through the journey to a crushing World Series defeat at the hands of the California Angels.)
On the day they clinched their postseason berth, and for each of the other victories that clinched a move to the next level, I was fortunate to see the game somewhere that could serve me a fine single-malt scotch at the end of the night.
What a great year of baseball!
The thing I hadn’t counted on is the joy and pageantry of seeing the parade and the celebration afterward when the team returned home. I’ve been a fan since 1997 and this is the most delicious and satisfying payoff I could imagine.
This video by a fan gives a sense of the highlight moments from the final push.