There were three teams in the MLB that had the longest championship-less droughts. The Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, and the San Francisco Giants.
Edgar Renteria's three-run homer in the seventh inning took the Giants off of that list as the underdog Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night to clinch their first World Series title since they won it as the New York Giants back in 1954.
To make Renteria's home run even sweeter, he drilled the homer off the man who was thought to be untouchable, Rangers southpaw Cliff Lee.
Somewhere, Willie Mays smiled and Barry Bonds let out a sigh of relief... along with the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The last time Giants fans were ready to celebrate a World Series was in 2002, when the Orange and Black were up three games to two and just needed five more outs, however the Anaheim Angels came back from a 5-0 hole to win game six, and would go on to win game seven and the series.
This time, there was no choke and Giants fans had every reason to celebrate.
“For us to win for our fans – it’s never been done there with all those great teams – that was a euphoric feeling,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “All those (former players) were in the clubhouse so many times and they were pulling for those guys to win. They helped us get here.”
Where the Rangers ace struggled toward the end, the Giants young ace Tim Lincecum thrived.
The two-time Cy Young winner tossed a strong eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 10 batters on the night where he threw 101 pitches. Closer Brian Wilson, who has pitched nearly every game in the postseason, took over in the ninth inning a struck out Nelson Cruz swinging to send the San Francisco Bay Area in euphoria.
“San Francisco is going nuts, we’re going nuts and it feels really good,” Wilson added.
“There is no city that deserves this championship more,” Bonds said in a statement. “I grew up watching my dad and godfather as Giants, lived out my dream playing in the same uniform in front of the best fans in the world and I just witnessed the Giants winning the World Series. I am ecstatic for the team, the city and all the fans—you truly deserve it.”
Cruz cut the Giants lead to just two runs in the bottom of the seventh, sending a Lincecum fastball over the wall for a solo home run, making the scoring 3-1. However, Ian Kinsler was stranded at first after both David Murphy and former Giants Bengie Molina went down swinging as the potential game-tying runs.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who is the probable American League MVP, went just 2-for-20 with an RBI, as the Rangers bats were silenced by the Giants pitching staff after a spectacular performance in the American League Chamipnship Series against the New York Yankees.
“We just got cold at the wrong time with the bats,” Hamilton said.
The Giants won their sixth overall title, but their first since moving to the Bay Area in 1958. They are tied for fifth in the Majors for most Series titles. In first is the New York Yankees with 27, followed by the Cardinals with 10, the Athletics with nine and the Boston Red Sox with seven.
Bobby Thompson's home run in the 1951 National League Championship had the radio screaming "The Giants win the Pennant!! The Giants win the Pennant!!"
59 years after that historic "Shot Heard Around the World," everyone's yelling "The Giants win the Series! The Giants win the Series!"