He isn't conventional. He isn't predictable. He isn't your standard by-the-book strategist. So what is Bruce Bochy? Maybe the greatest living October manager in all of baseball.
The Cardinals trail just 2-1 in the NLCS, but it seems like they're facing a nearly insurmountable hurdle in the mighty Giants.
In ESPN The Magazine, Giants pitcher Barry Zito talks to Tim Keown about the changes in his personal life and baseball life that led to his amazing turnaround and World Series dominance.
Barry Zito starting Game 1 of the World Series in AT&T Park is far more of an upset than the Giants winning three straight in Cincinnati in the NLDS, or winning three straight from the Cardinals in the NLCS.
One way to look at the Game 1 mound matchup in the NLCS: old-school (that'd be Roy Halladay) versus new-school (that'd be Tim Lincecum).