The San Francisco Giants win game seven of the World Series 3-2 over the Kansas City Royals and clinch their third world championship in five seasons.
Madison Bumgarner was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player after a historic performance throughout the series, the left handed pitcher entered in the 5th inning on Wednesday night with a 3-2 lead and with just two days of rest, the Giants rode Bumgarner to victory.
Giants players erupted onto the field after Bumgarner clinched the final out and the celebration began for the away side who defeated what most believed to be a side of destiny in the Kansas City Royals.
A two-out misplay in the bottom of the ninth almost wrecked what seemed inevitable for Bumgarner and the Giants, the on-fire pitcher had retired 14 in a row before an Alex Gordon hit fell short of center fielder Gregor Blanco, who let the ball get past him for an error that allowed Gordon to reach third, had he believed in the strike he may have raced home.
Pablo Sandoval positioned himself underneath the final pop-up in foul territory and the game finished 3-2, Buster Posey ran to greet his pitcher Bumgarner who could be heard loudly bellowing "I love you" to his catcher as the rest of the team corralled onto the diamond.
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The Royals journey was so magical that it almost got lost in all the hype just how incredible a victory this was for the Giants, their five year creation of a dynasty is a legitimate statement.
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean paid homage to his players character and expressed how the heart of the squad was what had propelled them to the peak of the MLB mountain.
Bumgarner's record performance and only three days after throwing 117 pitches in the Giants game five win, he joins Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2001 as the only pitchers in the expansion era to win three games in one Series.
Bumgarner rightly deserved his MVP award after he set a world series record lowest ERA of 0.25. Jim Rome described the atmosphere of players celebrating with the pitcher:
"I've never seen guys more in awe of a teammate than these guys are of MadBum. And understandably so."
The San Francisco Giants are now the closest thing to a baseball dynasty, branded a "Band of Misfits" in 2010 when they beat Texas, they went on two years later to sweep Detroit for another title.
By winning the Series, the Giants recorded their 10th consecutive postseason series win, including the wild-card game, dating to 2010.
Many of the players have changed over the years, but the three constants have been the team president Larry Baer, general manager Brian Sabean and the field manager Bruce Bochy.
Even more impressive was that the Giants stood in front of a Royal blue sea of 40,000 fans knowing that history wasn't on their side, the last nine home teams in game seven had been victorious.
Everything about this franchise screams historically defiant and in a league which is known for its unrivalled parity, the Giants continue to defy odds and consistently put their name forward as the best team in the land, which cant be argued with after another World Championship.