October 17th, 2014

Giants Fanatic

Happy Day

It was a nail-biter of a baseball game last night in San Francisco. In a playoff that has seen a good share of unlikely events, we got another one last night as journeyman Travis Ishikawa ended the game and clinched the National League championship for the San Francisco Giants with a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. There was great excitement here at Fernley House as I jumped out of my chair and started dancing around as Jon Miller called the pennant-winning home run on KNBR via mlb.com.

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.