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The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, you might be shocked to recall. It is true, they totally did. As much as fans like to think players take the field and give it their all for the good of the game and America and the fine city of ________, there is actually a lot of money in professional sports.
Players compete for more than the intrinsic value of a win. They get paid more when their team does well. It is science. Or accounting. Either way, all the ticket receipts are counted and the playoff shares are in: all members of San Francisco Giants just scooped a cheque for a cool $377,002.64.
Hey hey! It is the final Getting Blanked playoff podcast of the year! The Giants are World Series champs for the second time in three years. Just like that sink into your mind space, doubters. They owe it all to…I dunno, Tim Lincecum? He’s pretty awesome.
As it says at the end of today’s show, we want to thank everyone for being a part of the Getting Blanked podcast this season. It isn’t going anywhere, we will be back for awards season and transaction season and pretty much once a week until we all die or get fired. Thanks again, friends!
Because it wouldn’t be a World Series victory without the fine folks from Next Media Animation giving us their interpretation of the events that transpired. And accordingly, those events are sensationally awesome.
As the dying medium with which news is delivered continues its decline into irrelevance, the last part of a newspaper to go gently into the good night will be the iconic status which we give to a front page after something on a large stage occurs.
Here are the front pages from newspapers across California.
There is no doubt that the Giants clamped down on the Tigers during the World Series, producing one of the more lopsided Fall Classics in modern memory. Pablo Sandoval single-handedly demolished the Giants in Game 1, the Tigers were held scoreless in the middle games, and Giants starters posted an ERA of 1.42 in 25 1/3 innings.
But as great as the Giants played, and bad as it was for the Tigers, it could have been even worse. These are most lopsided World Series in history:
About an hour or so before Game Four of the World Series, I got hit by a car. I was walking across the street, and a vehicle rolled through a stop sign, and turned right into me. The driver wasn’t going very fast, but the impact was great enough to knock me down. My first thought was that I wouldn’t be able to jump up and down if the San Francisco Giants won the game, which is telling, not only of my poorly ranked priorities, but also the seriousness of the collision.
Nonetheless, I probably should’ve gone to the hospital, but I toughed it out so that I wouldn’t miss my favorite team winning the World Series. The first few innings were fine, but as my right knee began to stiffen up and the dull pain became a little bit more throbbing, I wondered if I might have made a mistake. By the bottom of the ninth, I felt like Omar Infante looked after getting hit in the hand by a pitch from Santiago Cassila.
The Giants are lucky. They are getting all the breaks and the snake bitten Tigers can’t do anything right. That seems to be the overriding emotion of the World Series up the this point.
While no single baseball game or seven game series is without an enormous amount of variance and random chance, the Giants are often the authors of their own good fortune. Not to mention the helping hand the Tigers provide. The Giants are indeed lucky that Jim Leyland insists on hitting Quintin Berry second. The Giants are also lucky enough to get to face the Tigers beleaguered bullpen. Getting a great start from Barry Zito while Justin Verlander lays an egg (relatively) is pretty much as lucky as it gets but the Giants, like it or lump it, are good.
San Francisco is a good team getting good pitching and playing tremendous defense facing a team providing little in the way of resistance at the plate. All that good pitching and great defense and enough hitting to counteract the “none” offense of the Tigers gives the Giants a commanding 3-0 series lead after a second consecutive shutout, beating Detroit 2-0.