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After A.L.C.S. Sweep,
Tigers’ Stars Went to Sleep

New York Times, by Tyler Kepner

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 10/29/2012 6:45:10 AM

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers saw a clear path to victory just once in this lopsided World Series. In the third inning of Game 4 on Sunday, when Miguel Cabrera lifted a home run to right field, the Tigers took a one-run lead against the San Francisco Giants. Even though they were facing elimination, the best-case scenario seemed plausible. (Snip) But the Tigers’ lead disappeared in the sixth inning on a two-run homer by the Giants’ Buster Posey, and they never got it back. Cabrera batted three more times after his home run, striking out against three different pitchers.

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Leyland summed it up after the game when he said it was "no contest". His three stars didn't pull it off, but Cabrera blamed it on the time they were off, playing intersquad games, between the regular season and the Series. (Others could argue that a team that had played tough playoffs with no break could be fatigued.)

Leyland made no excuses. He just didn't think his team played as well as the Giants.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/29/2012 7:12:41 AM     (No. 8970847)

Here is a spirited article that really captures the essence of last night's game. It was fun!

Don't know about his "diminutive" description of some of the Giant's stars, but the article is a good one. And they did "come up huge".

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/san-francisco-giants-diminutive-stars-come-up-huge-in-world-series-sweep-of-detroit-tigerrs-102812

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kar120c, 10/29/2012 8:22:41 AM     (No. 8970982)

I have been a Giant's fan since my father took me to see them play against the NY Mets at Shea Stadium one day, many years ago when I was just a lad (Willie Mays was the Giant's CF that day). I have followed them for more than 40 years - and more closely than most anyone who has never lived in San Francisco.

That said, I am continually amazed at how many people - especially the so called "experts" at the NY Times - who try to explain what happened at the World Series this year as deficiencies in the teams that happen to draw the Giants as their opponent. And so, the Tigers "stars went to sleep" and "peaked too soon" and, of course, there was "no way to tell how the extra rest affected the Tigers". I guess that must be what also happened to the Reds. And to the Cardinals. The fact that this fate would befall 3 teams whose opponent in each case was the same team - the SF Giants - must be a coincidence. And while he is not as charismatic as Ozzie Guillen or as dynamic as Bobby Valentine, their manager, Bruce Bochy, is a fine tactician and a gifted handler of players who wins a lot of games (including 2 of the last 3 World Series).

The Giants combine great starting pitching, a dominant bullpen, exceptional defense, and timely hitting to beat teams that the "experts" consider superior.

It is not so hard to understand.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Axeman, 10/29/2012 8:54:02 AM     (No. 8971054)

The Giants played the playoffs the way they have been playing all year. Winning. They didn't have it easy. The other teams have been great. It was a good season to remember.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: peebster, 10/29/2012 10:23:06 AM     (No. 8971289)

...yeah, yeah, and the Rangers "went to sleep" in 2010, and the Reds "went to sleep" after game 2 this year, the the Cards "went to sleep" after game 4. I don't know if it's the East Coast sports media bias against West Coast teams, or the time zone difference, but they just don't get it. The Giants have the best pitching staff in baseball, and their committment to signing nice people has proven itself. Period. After 2010, every other team went out and imporved their pitching. Big contracts for one or two sluggers is not the formula.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: God of Irony, 10/29/2012 11:29:13 AM     (No. 8971542)

The very last pitch by Romo was a snapshot of the Giant in a nutshell. Romo had thrown nothing but sliders to right handers and completely baffling them with it. The when the best hitter sits on the pitch, Romo busted a fsstball right in the wheelhouse and Cabrerra could do nothing but look at. Bottom line, Giants were scrappy, tough, resilent and not afraid to challenge anyone.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cheeflo, 10/29/2012 1:14:50 PM     (No. 8971962)

Well, on Leno, Obama did say he might root for the Tigers. The kiss of death.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/1/2012 10:20:29 AM     (No. 8979294)

What's with the date on this? 10/29/12 ? ???

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/1/2012 10:21:27 AM     (No. 8979297)

Oops. My bad.

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