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.
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.
▪ 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
▪ 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
▪ Kansas City bullpen dooms Giants
▪ Marcos Breton: Giants face uphill battle after close Game 3 loss
▪ Notes: Bochy sticking with with planned rotation
▪ 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
▪ 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
▪ 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
▪ 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