- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
There was a day near the end of June on which a San Francisco Giants fan would have told you the boys in orange and black had no chance to be World Series champs again.
The Giants had surrendered a 10-game lead in the NL West in an epic midsummer collapse, frankly the type of collapse that you don't expect a team to rebound from.
The Giants were nearly no-hit on June 29. It was a Sunday. The Los Angeles Dodgers tied them in the standings. Surrendering first place was bad. Surrendering it to the Dodgers was like your wife leaving you for the guy you hate the most in the world.
I remember this day well because I was driving for three hours, listening to San Francisco-based radio station KNBR the entire time. Giants fans were calling in, acting like they'd reached doomsday. One caller even suggested the Giants should fire manager Bruce Bochy.
Caller after caller, and the general message was the same: the Giants were screwed. The more optimistic callers thought that if the Giants could make a big trade and get someone like Chase Utley, maybe their season could be salvaged.Wed, Oct 29San Francisco3 - 2Kansas CityGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
As usually happens when a pro sports team wins a championship, San Francisco Giants fans spilled into the streets of their city to celebrate the 2014 World Series win.
They were joined by a face that everybody in orange and black recognizes: Barry Bonds, the ex-Giants slugger. He showed up shortly after the Giants' clinched their 3-2 victory Wednesday night and made his way through a throng of Giants fans near AT&T Park.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
After World Series Game 7, we'll never question the composure of Madison Bumgarner, who threw five scoreless innings after throwing a shutout just three days ago. Bumgarner earned a save and World Series MVP honors. With that MVP award came a free truck from Chevrolet.
The TV award ceremony for said truck and said MVP trophy, however, definitely made us question the composure of Rikk Wilde, the guy Chevy sent to Kansas City to present the award. It got awkward quick, as Wilde lost his train of thought, pausing a few times to look down at his notecards and at one point said the truck featured "technology and stuff." Oof.
Even Bug Selig seemed befuddled with what was going on.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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Thanks to a snazzy diving stop and flip by Joe Panik and a questionable head-first slide by Eric Hosmer, the San Francisco Giants turned a gorgeous double play in Game 7 that also became the first World Series play overturned by video replay.
By the time the Giants had won the game — by only one run — players were looking back at this double play as one of the key moments that helped S.F. wrap up the series.
It came in the bottom of the third inning with the score tied 2-2. Lorenzo Cain singled to lead off the inning for the Kansas City Royals. Eric Hosmer hit one hard up the middle, but Panik, the Giants' rookie second baseman, ranged to his right and made a great diving stop. He flipped the ball directly from his glove to shortstop Brandon Crawford to force Cain out at the second. Panik's portion of the play was pretty enough in its own right.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
So, what's it going to be? The Kansas City Royals winning their first World Series in 29 years? Or the San Francisco Giants capturing their third in five years?
Six games haven't been enough to finish this World Series, so Game 7 will decide it. In a rematch of Game 3, the Giants will send Tim Hudson to the mound while the Royals counter with Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals won that game 3-2, but things are a bit different this time around — the bullpens are ready, with big arms like Madison Bumgarner and James Shields looming.
As we find out which team will capture the trophy, the Yahoo Sports MLB crew — columnists Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, plus the bloggers from Big League Stew — will be serving up commentary from start to finish.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
It didn't matter that the Chicago Cubs already had a manager in place, when Joe Maddon hit the open market, it got their attention.
And now, just like that, Rick Renteria's tenure as Cubs skipper is apparently over after just one season. The Cubs have upgraded, agreeing to make Maddon their new manager, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cubs deny that a deal is done, but people familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in coming days, and that Maddon would indeed be the next Cubs manager.
The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia's Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
After accidentally shooting off his own finger Tuesday while cleaning his gun, Jose Canseco was well enough Wednesday to return to Twitter. Canseco, the former MLB slugger whose post-baseball life has been something of a sideshow, tweeted a photo of himself, his huge cast and his fiancée, Leila Knight.
Canseco, 50, reiterated what TMZ Sports reported after the shooting — he's hoping to keep his middle finger after surgeons in Las Vegas worked to reattach it Tuesday night.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
They're two evenly matched teams, neither of whom has an ace on the mound. The unpredictability is everywhere.
But for the sake of gamblers, there has to be a favorite. Bovada, a leading online sports book, has made the Royals the home team, a slight favorite at 7/5. According to Bovada, the betting public agrees.
"Even though the public was backing the Giants early on in the series, there has been some recent support for the Royals who just seem to win when they need to," says Kevin Bradley, Bovada's sports book manager. "Early on money is pretty split tonight, but the Royals are taking in slightly more and I expect us to need the Giants tonight."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
Now that we're preparing for a World Series Game 7, now that the 2014 World Series has been pushed to its limit, things make a lot more sense.
All along, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals seemed like two teams that were very evenly matched. Plus, they both have a notable history in Game 7s. The Royals won a Game 7 in 1985 to capture their first, last and only World Series (they won Games 6 and 7 at home too).
The Giants, meanwhile, will be playing in their fifth Game 7. They're 0-4 in those previous games, dating back to their first Game 7 in 1912. Their most recent loss was 2002 against the Angels. That's not the only way history is against the Giants. A road team hasn't won a World Series Game 7 since 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Kansas City Royals have pushed the World Series to a Game 7 after giving the San Francisco Giants a sound 10-0 beating Tuesday night in Game 6.
While we'll give you five key moments like we normally do, the Royals' win really revolves around one inning, the bottom of the second, in which they pounded the Giants for seven runs on eight hits, sending starter Jake Peavy to the showers quicker than anybody in black and orange hoped. That whole series of events ended the game when it had barely even started.
That said, let’s cue five key moments:
1. MOUSTAKAS STARTS THE SCORING WITH A DOUBLE Royals' third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was 1-for-10 in the three games in San Francisco, found his groove immediately upon returning to Kauffman Stadium. He got the Royals on the board in the second inning with an RBI double after Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez started off the inning with consecutive singles.
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