Let's talk torture for just a moment. Torture is the brand of baseball that the San Francisco Giants have decided to employ ever since their run to the 2010 World Series. It consists of close games, high drama, and non-stop, heart-pounding suspense. In terms of the Giants and their relationship to torture, the win is never easy but the overall sense of relief achieved by victory is probably the best feeling in the world.
As for the Giants' historic comeback against the Cincinnati Reds, Games 3 and 5 were torture at its finest. Game 4 had its moments, but an 8-3 win hardly constitutes torture. A 6-4 win with two men on base and less than two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when you're the visiting team -- especially after you had a 6-0 lead -- now that's torture. What's more is that I was at work today (October 11) while the Giants were hammering away in the fifth inning and scraping it all together in the latter innings - meaning there was a lot of MLB Gamecast and sneaking around with a portable radio (which apparently they still make).
My co-worker and I took lunch, went to my house and watched the game for an hour and headed back to work; radio on and ready for more baseball. The torture was unbearable, but as true Giants' fans we stayed the course and saw the Giants finish off the game - or rather, heard them finish off the game.
In essence, the whole Giants' team really came together these last three games and made sure that there was no quit. They battled and made history in the National League, becoming the first team to comeback from being down 0-2 in a best-of-five NLDS series.
Aside from making history, the Giants displayed a strong future. In Game 5 Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and several others displayed their strengths, showcasing that the youth the Giants have is for real and will be around for years to come. Similar to their pitching staff, which for the most part is locked in for the coming years, the Giants have the youth and obviously the wherewithal to continue to succeed in the NL.
As for whom the Giants will play in the NLCS, I would rather have home field and play the Cardinals in the traditional sense of things. But after having seen the Giants perform so well on the road, sending the Reds to their first three-game losing streak at home this season, I think I would be comfortable seeing them face the Nationals as well -- who I think have foolishly shutdown their ace Stephen Strasburg.
Regardless, the Giants have done the improbable, reached the NLCS, and I can say that I am proud to be a Giants' fan. Bring on more October baseball and torture.
Food for thought: How impressive was the Giants' comeback when considering they had to play three games in a row and do it all while on the road? Who would you like to see them face in the NLCS and who will represent the NL in the World Series?
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