The baseball commentariat didn't like the San Francisco Giants' odds going into this year. Nor did it like them going into the stretch run, as they were behind the similar, but seemingly more talented, San Diego Padres in the NL West. Nor did it like them much going into the Division Series, the Championship Series or the World Series. Which surely makes the wins all the sweeter, and the triumph all the more deserved.
Just how much of a surprise is the Giants' first championship since moving to San Francisco? Putting a number on this isn't actually as hard as one might think. There are three factors that make a team a surprise, or...
The question was softball. Nothing hard-hitting. But Cliff Lee took it in another direction, almost going out of his way to avoid tipping his cap to the Giants' offense.
So, Cliff, what can you say about a lineup that lacks... more ››
It's not nearly as simple as Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez moving on, and the Giants and Texas Rangers moving into the World Series without them and despite them.
For both franchises, it took time. It took some incredible... more ››
As you know by now (any reader of this site, follower on Facebook, or twitter follower of @200miles_citi may be tired of hearing this), back in March I picked the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants as the... more ››
The World Series starts tonight (8 ET, Fox) in San Francisco. The Notebook has spent the last two days taking both the Texas & San Francisco lineups player-by-player. For this final preview we'll look at... more ››