Renteria hit a three-run home run against Cliff Lee(notes) to break up a scoreless tie in the seventh inning of Game 5, sending the Giants to a 3-1 victory against the Texas Rangers on Monday night and giving San Francisco its first World Series championship.
Two Series-winning hits in one career? The first one came at age 21, the next at 34 (and from the No. 8 spot in the batting order). Incredible. Only four players in history have done it twice. Renteria also made the last out of the 2004 World Series when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. He's just a funnel cloud of World Series history.
Renteria was named Series MVP after going 7 for 17 with six RBIs against the Rangers. He also hit the go-ahead home run against C.J. Wilson(notes) in the fifth inning of Game 2. All of this came after he struggled with injuries througout the regular season.
He even started the playoffs on the bench as something of a payroll albatross with an $18.5-million contract. There was some talk of the Giants making him inactive, like they did with Barry Zito(notes).
"It was a tough year for me," Renteria said. "I told myself to keep working hard and keep in shape because something is going to be good this year."
Yeah, this isn't too bad. The Giants probably won't pick up his option and Renteria is considering retirement. This would be a heckuva way to go out.
Later, Renteria admitted to calling his shot — but said he was only kidding.
The joke was on the Rangers. Renteria is a different guy come World Series time.
"Maybe I am more in focus. I know it's a different game because if you make a mistake you’re going to pay," he said. "That’s why my focus is different, my level is different, and just want to be the guy to do something."
His homer isn't the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" but it's the next best thing for this generation of Giants fans. It's actually better; The Giants didn't merely win the pennant, they won it all.