Don't get fooled by the heavy-metal music and the eccentric personalities; the closer job -- getting the last three outs of a game in which your team has a one- to three-run lead -- is just not that big of a deal.
In ESPN The Magazine, Tim Keown writes that Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw faced off in four filthy duels last season, treating fans to baseball's latest, greatest pitching rivalry. And this showdown is just getting started.
Bruce Bochy provided an unexpected image of joy, circling the stadium with his players after the Giants clinched the NL West on Sunday. Here's hoping for three more weeks filled with those kind of moments.