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2014 World Series in review: Complete coverage of each game between the Giants and Royals

San Francisco Giants celebrate winning the World Series in Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
San Francisco Giants celebrate winning the World Series in Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

For San Francisco Giants’ fans, it’s all sinking in, the three World Series championships in the last five seasons, the epic one-man heroics from ace Madison Bumgarner, the unlikely yet crucial contributions from youngsters, journeymen and afterthoughts.

That’s the wake emanating from the good ship Giants with skipper Bruce Bochy – his Hall of Fame ensign being readied for run-up at the appropriate time – at the helm, cruising toward an off-season whose uncertainties (Pablo Sandoval, pitching rotation, to name two) will be less vexing because of the four-games-to-three victory over the ever-ready Kansas City Royals.

The back-and-forth of the 2014 series marked it as the biggest challenge among many faced by the Giants since this run of greatness began in 2010. Each game seemed to mark a change in momentum, mileposts for either renewed hope or unwelcome dismay. It bucked statistical trends and common sense and marked the Giants organization as baseball’s one true thing.

So here’s a chance to become immersed in those seven October games, a week of baseball that minted the Giants as this century’s first major-league dynasty. Stories, opinion columns, notes and photo galleries by The Bee’s reporters and photojournalists from each of the seven games are included.

Game 1

▪ Giants strike right on cue, beat Royals 7-1

▪ Ailene Voisin: Pence’s poke puts pall on Kauffman

▪ Sandoval comes up big in series opener – again

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 1

Game 2

▪ S.F. bullpen melts down in 7-2 Game 2 loss

▪ Ailene Voisin: Sixth inning does in Giants, starter Peavy

▪ Strickland: ‘My emotions got the best of me’

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 2

Game 3

▪ Kansas City bullpen dooms Giants

▪ Marcos Breton: Giants face uphill battle after close Game 3 loss

▪ Notes: Bochy sticking with with planned rotation

Game 4

▪ After Vogelsong’s early exit, Giants charge back

▪ Marcos Breton: Bochy goes with his gut

▪ Starter’s early exit doesn’t stop S.F. success

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 4

Game 5

▪ Bumgarner’s 5-0 shutout is another masterpiece

▪ Marcos Breton: Legend of Madison Bumgarner grows

▪ Ailene Voisin: Can Giants keep Panda next season?

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 5

▪ Notes: Perez stung by Taveras death

▪ Crawford getting it done at the plate, in the field

Game 6

▪ Feisty Royals battle back, force a Game 7

▪ Marcos Breton: Giants face history, tough road battle

▪ Ailene Voisin: It’s up to Hudson in Game 7

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 6

Game 7

▪ Not 1, not 2, NOW 3

▪ Giants marvel at Bumgarner’s October for the ages

▪ Marcos Breton: Giants affirm their dynastywith Game 7 win

▪ Ailene Voisin: Bumgarner’s legendary status now cemented

▪ Notes: Jack Morris says Bumgarner could have started final game

▪ Photo gallery: Images from Game 7

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