Barry Zito’s performance in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series was a good reminder of how inspiring baseball can be.
In a few short weeks, Zito has gone from being The City’s biggest sports goat to an Orange October hero who outdueled baseball’s best pitcher in the first game of the Fall Classic.
Zito followed up last week’s masterpiece in St. Louis with
5²⁄³ innings of one-run baseball in an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park on Wednesday in Game 1 of the World Series. Read More
Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols, and now, Pablo Sandoval.
Those are the only four players to hit three home runs in a World Series game, a list the San Francisco third baseman joined as the Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Wednesday at AT&T Park to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Lefty Madison Bumgarner will get the start in today’s Game 2 of the World Series after having his spot skipped in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series in favor of Tim Lincecum.
The 23-year-old had previously been working out some mechanical issues that may have contributed to a decrease in velocity and production over the past several weeks, though he said it’s too soon to tell whether he’ll feel as good as he had most of the year. Read More
They’re teens skipping school and adults driving through the night to line up before dawn in soggy San Francisco — all for a chance to watch a few innings of the World Series for free.
The die-hard fans are known as the “knothole gang,” a group prepared to endure all sorts of discomfort for their Giants, just as they did at AT&T Park in 2010 when the team battled the Texas Rangers, and again in September and through the playoffs.
Early Wednesday, the fans began lining up again, and the queue kept on growing as game time approached. Read More
This is going to be a very hairy World Series.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is looking seriously scraggly. Same goes for teammate Sergio Romo, whose facial fuzz has its own Twitter account. Tigers slugger Prince Fielder goes for a double — dreadlocks and an overgrown beard.
And not to forget injured San Francisco closer Brian Wilson. His dyed, jet-black thicket inspired a “Fear the Beard” campaign in the Bay Area and beyond. Read More
The puddles are long gone and the infield dirt was fresh and dry. AT&T Park sure looked ready for a World Series a day after a downpour.
Mostly because the San Francisco hitters weren’t the only ones rakin’ at the Giants’ ballpark.
Head groundskeeper Greg Elliott and his crew worked until midnight after Monday night’s NL Championship Series clincher, pulled the tarp across the field and began bright and early again at 8 a.m. — with a midafternoon deadline before the Detroit Tigers’ workout ahead of tonight’s Series opener. Read More
Barry Zito was left off of the postseason roster in 2010 and he probably wouldn’t have started Game 5 of the NL Championship Series had Madison Bumgarner not had a rough outing in Game 2. But today, Zito will get the chance to do what every young pitcher dreams about: Start Game 1 of the World Series.
When Zito tosses his first pitch against the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park, he’ll add another chapter to an incredible redemption story that has seen him go from $126 million goat to team savior. Read More
Before the sweet smell of Champagne has even dissipated from the Giants’ clubhouse after they clinched the NL pennant, it’s already time for the first pitch of the World Series.
And you know what that means: time for the Giants to be written off once again.
Las Vegas sportsbooks have pegged the Detroit Tigers as the favorites to win the World Series. And they’re not alone. Read More
Are there any obstacles too big for the Giants to hurdle?
The Giants captured their fifth National League pennant since moving to The City by winning a record six elimination games in the postseason. The team achieved the feat without their All-Star closer and top hitter from the first half of the season. The next test is facing the game’s best pitcher and the first batter to win the Triple Crown in 45 years when the Detroit Tigers travel to AT&T Park for Game 1 of the 2012 World Series tonight.
The Giants knew the St. Louis Cardinals had rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the deciding game of their NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals. They were watching on the plane in Ohio while waiting to see which city they would head to for the NL Championship Series.
“It could be 20-0 and we still have to go out there and get it done,” outfielder Angel Pagan said following Monday’s Game 7 victory. Read More