Tim Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young award winner, was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 batters. Edgar Renteria hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to clinch it. Renteria was named MVP player of the Series.
“We wanted to nail it down here in Texas,” said Lincecum, who jumped over the dugout railing and rushed onto the field after the final out. He was carried on his teammates’ shoulders.
“He probably could have finished it up,” Posie added of the winning pitcher, nicknamed “The Freak,” with his boyish frame and ink-black shoulder length hair. Though only 26, Lincecum was as poised as a veteran through the Series.
“”It’s a great thing for the franchise, the city of San Francisco and the community of Northern California,” said co-owner William Neukom.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group,” added manager Bruce Bochy. “When we got that last out, all kinds of emotions are running through you.” Some fans were holding signs “Bochy for President.”
Under Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean, the Giants have been reshaped in the post-Barry Bonds era. The Series win was a classic example of “teamwork,” which largely has become an anachronism in major league sports nowadays.
The Giants returned to their glory days of pitching in the ’60s under stars such Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry. In this World Series, the Giants’ pitching staff held the best hitting team in baseball to a .190 batting average in the Series.
The Giants also are helping to reshape fashion. Bow ties are back, thanks to the apparel of Neukom. Wilson’s dark black beard has become popular too, along with Lincecum’s casual hairstyle. Lincecum wears a bow tie too.
The Giants’ win ends a long pro sports draught in NorCal, when the 49′ers in the NFL were once dominant.
The Giants had not won a World Championship since 1954 and had never done so in San Francisco.
It had been the third-longest championship drought among MLB teams behind those of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (whom the Giants defeated in the 1954 Series).
“56 years of torture is over,” said one fan who was holding up a sign.