The Giants do not fit the mold of a traditional World Series team. Their 88 wins during the regular season was one of the lowest for a World Series aspirant in 40 years. But the franchise is a model of stability – and that’s their secret.
KANSAS CITY — Tim Hudson, who has logged more than 3,000 regular-season innings during his 16-year major-league career, couldn’t help but smile sitting at a table marked with his name during World Series media day at Kauffman Stadium on Monday.
The World Series begins Tuesday between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Andy McCullough, the Royals beat reporter for The Kansas City Star, and Marcos Breton, who covers the Giants as a Sacramento Bee columnist, shared their insights during a Monday morning live chat. Go to the replay and see what they said about Tuesday’s game one (5:07 p.m. on Fox).
“Three World Series in five years — with at least two championships — puts a team firmly in the conversation,” writes Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle. “But as you can imagine — on the eve of a World Series meeting with the Kansas City Royals — the Giants are shying away from that kind of highfalutin talk.”
Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa said he has watched the replay of his game-winning, pennant-clinching home run in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series – and he still has trouble believing it happened.