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Friday, October 29, 2010

Memo from the World Series: The Best Way to Win a World Championship is. . .

To just go out there and take it.

Which is precisely what the San Francisco Giants are doing, showing a can-do attitude and a spirit that says, "we're going all the way." They showed that spirit in the NLDS and the NLCS, and they've built upon that momentum to give themselves a huge advantage in the World Series. They were 9-41 with runners in scoring position against the Phillies in the NLCS, and they were 9-17 with runners in scoring position last night.

And their pitching is tremendous. The Braves of some 60+ years ago had a slogan, "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain." The Giants of 2010 could have a similar slogan -- "Lincecum and Cain and then pray for rain," but they can up the ante big-time on those Braves' teams, because it's Lincecum and Cain and then more of the same -- Sanchez and Bumgardner, to be exact. Good pitching, indeed, is trumping good hitting the way scissors beats paper.


Giants' skipper Bruce Bochy remains the "wizard del tutto wizards" by mixing and matching hitters and position players, and the Giants' pitching is second to none. The Giants' hurlers have seized the moment, as have the Giants' hitters.

Just by going out there and taking it.


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