As someone who stuck with the Giants through the Bad Old Days at Candlestick Park, shivering through a night-games season-ticket plan, it's astonishing to see a team that doesn't really have any superstar players now head to its third World Series in five years.
So now the Giants travel to Kansas City to face the Royals. Oddly for baseball, none of the teams that won their division titles made the World Series; both the Giants and Royals made it into the playoffs as wild cards.
Condolences to the Cardinals' fans. The whole National League Championship Series was close-run and could easily have gone the other way.