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Nobody figured the Giants would leave AT&T Park with a 2-0 lead Thursday night for the Motor City and not have to come back home for a Game 6, or 7 for that matter.
Bochy, for one, is tired of hearing people call it luck.
“For us to play like we did against this great club, I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” Bochy said. “To be world champions in two out of the last three years, it’s amazing. Believe me, I know how difficult it is to get here, and I couldn’t be prouder of a group of guys that were not going to be denied.”
When the Giants take to Market Street in downtown San Francisco for Wednesday’s Halloween championship parade, there will be no costumes needed. Brian Wilson, whose season ended in April when he needed Tommy John elbow surgery, and the man who finished off the clincher in his place by striking out the side Sunday on 15 pitches — Sergio Romo — are still sporting those dark postseason beards that have made these two such huge hits.
Along with their pitching, of course.
When it comes to pitching, Giants general manager Brian Sabean has never wavered. He has won more often than not by building around a balanced and versatile staff.
And all five starters are under contract heading into 2013.
A couple of big decisions facing Sabean are whether to re-sign Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan. It’s unclear whether the Giants will consider giving Melky Cabrera a second chance after the All-Star game MVP was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test and then not added to the NLCS roster once he was eligible to return.
Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda, earned Series MVP honors after sparking his club with that three-homer outing in a Game 1 win against Justin Verlander and Co. He batted .369 this postseason with five doubles, six homers and 13 RBIs. That’s after he was benched for four of the five games in 2010, when he hit .176 with two RBIs.
In three mighty swings last Wednesday night, he showed how far he has come since then. Even after a pair of stints on the disabled list this season, one for a broken hamate bone in his hand that required surgery.
“You know, I still can’t believe that game. It’s the game of your dreams. You don’t want to wake up,” the 26-year-old Sandoval said.
The Giants again will ask Sandoval to shape up this offseason — and he is on board. Sandoval wants to be at his best not only for San Francisco but also to play for Venezuela in next spring’s third World Baseball Classic.
Zito’s turnaround is just as noteworthy. The left-hander, who signed a $126 million, seven-year contract before the 2007 season, went 15-8 for his best season since moving across the bay from the Oakland Athletics, where he won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award.
The Giants won Zito’s last 14 starts, and he didn’t lose after Aug. 2 against the Mets.
“I think there’s a lot of learning that goes on in life away from the ball field,” Zito said. “To go through it on the big stage … the lows are lower, but I’ve changed the way I think about a lot of things.”
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