The San Francisco Giants fought through a night of bitter cold, strong breezes, and a sprinkling of rain to defeat the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3, 10-inning win, and earn the title as the 2012 World Series Champions. This is their second time to win the championship in three years.
Not only did the Giants win, but they accomplished something incredibly rare — sweep the entire series. They are only the fifth National League team to achieve such a feat and the first to do so since the Los Angeles Dodgers of ’65.
The Giants sealed their victory in the 10th inning when Marco Scutaro dropped a fly ball into the outfield in front of Tiger’s center fielder Austin Jackson, which gave Ryan Theriot just enough time to slide across home plate for the winning run. Then Sergio Romo only had to serve Miguel Cabrera a final out before the Giants rushed to the infield of Comerica Park to celebrate their seventh world title.
Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy was thrilled with Romo’s performance especially since he was stepping in for the injured Brian Wilson.
“Sergio, he’s the guy you want out there. He’s not afraid,” Bochy said. “He saved us all year when we lost Wilson.”
Still, the MVP of the game was third baseman Pablo Sandoval who batted 8 for 16 in four games (including an impressive three home run performance during Game 1).
“I was ready for the moment,” Sandoval said. “I was waiting for the opportunity to be in the playoffs again.”
After witnessing the Tigers sweep the Yankees, San Francisco knew they were facing a formidable opponent and struggled to hang onto their lead throughout the final game. Cabrera brought the first big hit for Detroit in the third inning with a two-run wind-driven homer. The Giants fought back when Posey countered with his own two-run homer during the sixth; however, the lead was short-lived as Delmon Young tied things up in the bottom of the half for a score of 3-3.
There the score remained until Theriot and Scutaro secured the final point in the 10th.
“Obviously, there was no doubt about it,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “It was freaky. I would have never guessed we would have swept the Yankees and I would have never guessed the Giants would have swept us.”
The Giants had an uphill battle to earn their place as champions. They started with a no-name roster, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the best-of division series, conquered a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the League championship, and managed nearly the entire season without star player Brian Wilson.
“It’s amazing what they accomplished,” Bochy said. “I think when you look at this club, the terms ‘teamwork,’ ‘team play,’ and ‘play as a team,’ that’s used loosely, but these guys truly did. They set aside their own agenda and asked what’s best for the club. And we put guys in different roles, nobody ever said a word, complained or anything, and that’s the only way it got done.”