Pop that champagne San Francisco!
The 2014 World Series is on the books and the MLB has a new dynasty. The San Francisco Giants clawed out the 3-2 Game 7 victory over the “Team of Destiny” Royals. Well dynasty outlasted destiny in the end. The Giants were the first road team to do so since 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it. Pitching was the mode of attack on both teams. Giants starter Tim Hudson lasted less than two innings, shortest ever appearance for a starter in the World Series. With the game knotted up at 2-2 and Hudson already out it looked like these miracle Royals were going to do it again. Then their kryptonite took the mound in the bottom of the fifth, Madison Bumgarner.
After shutting the Royals down in a complete game shutout just two days ago I’m sure the Royals and the rest of the baseball world expected one, maybe two innings from the Giants ace if any at all. All of us were wrong. Not only did he pitch the fifth inning—he pitched the sixth, the seventh, the eighth, and yes, the ninth too. He went Michael Jordan Game 6 on the Royals. How many runs did the Royals score after the fourth inning you ask? Zero. How many hits in that time? Two. That is called dominance folks and throw that on top of it being the World Series and you have yourself a modern legend.
I can’t say with confidence that we will see what Bumgarner did ever again. He singled handily picked his team up and carried them through the postseason. He was 2-0 with a save this World Series and his ERA was 0.26. That’s insane. Not to mention that this chip put the dynasty stamp on this group, winning three championships in five years. Legendary.