George Pavlik

George has worked at WEPM for over 10 years. His sports knowledge goes from High School all the way to the Pro's. You can expect a wide range of blog posts from George, as he likes almost every sport, so stay tuned.....

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WORLD CHAMPIONS!

That is all that is needed to be said after what the San Francisco Giants did last night.

My Dad raised me a Giants fan. He loved some guy named Willie Mays and that made him a Giants fan. Fast forward a few years he took me to Pittsburgh one night when I was 5 I saw Will Clark swing the sweetest bat I ever saw in my life and from that night on I too was a Giants fan.

I had suffered some lean years with this team. Being overly loyal too Barry Bonds. Getting Deion Sanders. I mean the list can go on and on.

But finally in 2010 the Giants won the World Series. At the time I said "I got to live to see this if they never win another game so be it". 

Last season was tough to watch when Buster Posey (whom in my eyes maybe the best player in the game). Got injured and the season was pretty much over. They did make a trade to get Carlos Beltran last season but the writing was clear on the wall.

This season you had the best bat in the lineup test positive for steroids. The ace of the staff could not do a thing. And the Dodgers made a HUGE move to bolster there lineup. Would have been very easy pack it up go home say "well this is not our year".

Instead?

Won the Divison by 8 games with a 94-68 record. Pretty good I would say.

So onto the Postseason.

In the NLDS the Giants faced a team in which many believed would make a World Series run in the Cincinnati Reds. Who came in with a 97-65 record (second best in the NL). The Giants went down 0-2 in a best of 5 series. I thought to myself well thanks for a good season getting to the playoffs I will try to hold on to hope but we will see. So the Giants did win game 3 I up and said "ONE GAME AT A TIME LETS GO!" won the next two games and then faced the St. Louis Cardinals.
in the NLCS the Giants faced the St. Lpuis Cardinals. Now knowing that Cardinals team and the way they won a World Series last year and how they got to the NLCS this year I was shaky did not know how to approach this series. Needless to say the Giants went down 1-3 in that series. Manager Bruce Bochey said "we got them right were we want them". I loved the approach and went with it. Barry Zito whom I felt from day one had robbed the Giants blind SAVED the season with the game of his life. The giants went on to win game 5 of that Series in Busch Stadium and from there in that sereies never looked back. As they went back to AT&T Park and won game 6 and 7.

So onto the World Series. I tuned into CSN Bay Area after Cardinals games because I felt Fox liked the Cardinals too much so I flipped over to hear what the Giants had to say. One broadcaster said" I think the Giants sweep". Rest took Giants in 6/7 which was fair. I mean the Tigers had just swept the Yankees and the Giants went 7 with the Cardinals so 6/7 was a safe bet. Sweep though? No way. Tigers had a staff of pitchers and a great lineup to boot there bullpen is awful but the other two stages were great..
 

The World series itself without last nights game was very boring. The Giants mostly Pablo Sandoval in game 1 blistered whom many view as the best pitcher in the world in Justin Verlander. Verlander gave up 5 runs in that game. Two of the three homeruns that "Kung Fu Panada" hit were against Verlander. So that set the Tone BIG TIME Giants never once looked back. As they won games 2 and 3 2-0 unevenful but there wins you take as a Giants fan. Last night was a fun game as the Giants won 4-3 in 10 innings. But the fun part was the starting pitching for both sides was good enough not great but good enough. A homerun in the 3rd inning that looked like a lazy fly ball that kept carrying for the triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers the first and only lead they would see in this World Series at 2-1. As Buster Posey came up the next inning he answered the bell right back and hit a 2 run bomb of his own and the Giants took a 3-2 lead. No looking back right? Not so fast as Delmon Young came up in the tigers half inning and hit a 1 run homerun of his own. to make it a 3-3 ballgame. The next 4 innings were uneventful. Great pitching by the pens. But in the end it was the Giants who beat you on bloops ended up doing that in the 10th and ended up winning the World Series for a second time in three years.

So what can i say other than?
WORLD CHAMPIONS


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10/29/2012 4:45PM
WORLD CHAMPIONS!
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