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.
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▪ 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