Any attempts to paint Sergio Romo's final pitch -- and, by extension, the Giants' run to the title -- as luck or trickery is to miss the point. The Giants were better, and they were better because they were smarter.
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.
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.
It has long been assumed that Barry Bonds' standoffish personality would ultimately be his undoing in his upcoming perjury trial. But, as Tim Keown writes in the March 21 issue of ESPN The Magazine, the exact opposite is true.
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.