October 23, 2010
But a go-ahead, pennant-clinching, World Series-berthing home run in Game 6? How much more happy can you get than "a lot"?
They are finding out after Uribe took Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson(notes) deep for a solo homer in the eighth inning on Saturday night, giving San Francisco a 3-2 victory and its first World Series berth since 2002.
Madson was one out away from a second straight scoreless inning after setting down Pat Burrell(notes) and Cody Ross(notes), but he hung a breaking ball (Madson later said it was a cut fastball) on the first pitch to Uribe.
"This was a big one, like me. Pow!" Uribe said as he broke into laughter in the near-solitude of the weight room as the standard clubhouse mayhem unfolded behind him. "It was for the World Series."
Here's a video of the homer — which includes a shamefully brutal call by Fox's Joe Buck. Turn the volume down and just call it yourself.
Uribe, though he came in batting .154 in the series, also had a game-ending sacrifice fly in Game 4.
"He's been like that all year long," [Huff said.] "You live and die with him, man. He can look really bad up there sometimes, but man, he's up there because he can pop one."
Madson said the homer caught him by surprise.
From the Morning Call:
"I didn't expect that," Madson said. "... It was shocking to me. First pitch, cutter down and away — I wasn't expecting it to be a homer. You're always taught that if they beat you that way, you tip your hat, and he beat me that way."
Though he doesn't have a big reputation, Uribe is no stranger to big moments. He also contributed to the Chicago White Sox making the World Series in 2005. In the clinching Game 4, he made one of the better catches in Series history.
In the ninth, Wilson struck out Ryan Howard(notes) looking with two aboard for the final out, quieting the crowd at Citizens Bank Park who were hoping the Phillies would force Game 7 and, ultimately, advance to their third straight World Series.
The Giants have not won a world championship since 1954, when they played at the Polo Grounds in New York City.