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GIANTS WIN IT ALL


The San Francisco Giants swept away the Detroit Tigers Sunday, winning their second World Series title in three seasons following a 4-3 extra-inning win at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Tigers were heavily favored to win the Series; 23 of 28 ESPN commentators predicted the trophy was destined for Detroit. The Giants could not have cared less.

All season long this Giants team won when critics said they could not. Although they fell behind two games to none in the first round of the playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds, the Giants stormed back, winning three straight on the road. In Game 3, they won in extra-innings despite collecting only one hit through the first nine innings. Buster Posey smashed a grand slam in Game 5 that made it 6-0 Giants. They went on to win 6-4 and advanced to the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Once more, the Giants were picked to lose. And once more, they fell in an early hole. Trailing three games to one in the series, the Giants fought back. Barry Zito resurged in 2012 following years of harsh criticism for his huge contract and poor performance as a Giant.

He was left off the playoff roster in 2010. His impressive 2012 season was made all the more sweet when he pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings against a potent Cardinals lineup in St. Louis in Game 5 to keep the Giants’ season alive. Ryan Vogelsong allowed just one run in seven innings at AT&T Park in Game 6, and the Giants once again came all the way back to force a deciding game.

Game 7 was predicted to be a pitchers’ duel between staff aces Matt Cain and Kyle Lohse. Once more, San Francisco exceeded expectations and the game was out of hand by the fourth inning. The Giants jumped all over Lohse, knocking him around for five runs on six hits in 2+ innings. The Giants held a 9-0 lead and were three outs away from showering one another with champagne when the skies opened up. In the ninth inning, it poured.

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro raised his palms to the sky and looked up into the rain with a smile; he would be named the MVP of the series. In the pouring rain in front of a raucous sellout crowd, Sergio Romo got Matt Holliday to pop out to Scutaro, and the soaking Giants had a date with destiny.

In the American League, the Tigers were coming off a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, and many thought they would obliterate the Giants in the 108th World Series. Crafty left-handed veteran Barry Zito opposed reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander in Game 1. Entering the start, Verlander had a 3-0 record and a miniscule 0.82 ERA in the 2012 playoffs. The Giants were unimpressed.

Pablo Sandoval started the scoring frenzy in the first inning with a solo home run to center field on a 95-mph letter-high fastball. In the third, Sandoval did it again. He blasted the outside-corner pitch over the left field wall for a two-run shot that made the score 4-0 Giants. Verlander allowed five earned runs and was pulled out of the game after just four innings.

Sandoval was not done. The affectionately nicknamed Kung Fu Panda cracked his third home run of the game to dead center field off Al Albuquerque in the fifth inning. Sandoval became just the fourth player in history to hit three home runs in one World Series game. He joined legends Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players to accomplish the feat. The Panda finished 4 for 4 (he added an opposite field bullet single, just for good measure) and the Giants won the game 8-3.

Twenty-three-year-old left-handed starter Madison Bumgarner allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings in the Giants’ Game 2 victory. Journeyman Ryan Vogelsong took the ball for manager Bruce Bochy in Game 3, and he delivered. Quietly one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last two seasons, Vogelsong led the National League in ERA for much of the first half of the season (yet he somehow was overlooked and failed to make the All-Star team).

Vogelsong continued his masterful postseason in Game 3, shutting out the Tigers for 5 2/3 innings. He concluded the playoffs with a 3-0 record and a pristine 1.09 ERA. The Giants won 2-0 for the second consecutive game and took a commanding 3-0 lead in the Series.

Meanwhile, many so-called “experts” were flabbergasted. Analysts with ESPN could not figure out why the Tigers were losing and talked of the Tigers’ struggles instead of the Giants’ dominance. We saw the same thing in 2010.

The Phillies and Rangers were supposed to bludgeon the Giants with potent offense, but the Giants’ dominant pitching shut them down, just like they did in the last three games against the Cardinals and in the first three games against the Tigers. Although many people failed to give the Giants the respect they deserved, they were one win away from securing their second championship in three years.

And they got it done. Likely NL MVP Buster Posey hit a go-ahead home run. Brandon Crawford continued to prove he is the best defensive shortstop in the league. The Giants’ bullpen dominated Detroit’s dangerous hitters. Scutaro delivered another clutch hit as he put the Giants ahead for good in extra innings.

Sergio Romo came in to pitch the Giants to a title.

With two outs and nobody on base in a 4-3 game in the 10th inning, Romo faced probable AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, who homered earlier in the game. Romo shook off Posey’s sign for a slider. He wanted to throw a fastball. Romo came set, wound, and fired. His two-seam fastball cut from left to right across the outside edge of the plate. The 89-mph two-seam fastball froze Cabrera for a called strike three. Posey and the Giants mobbed the mound. The Series was over.

The Giants swept the mighty Tigers in four games, shocking the baseball world. And while some “experts” may not agree, the Giants are the best in the business and the Bay Area boasts a dynasty.

Get to Know Your City; Your Education Isn’t Complete Without it

SAN FRANCISCO IS A CLASSROOM THAT IS SECOND TO NONE

Impossible as it is to miss the swarm of advertisements about USF on bus shelters, taxis, and streetcars, there are still students among us who don’t get the message that San Francisco is among the best cities ever.
Or maybe they do realize it, yet make the mistake of not taking advantage of everything the City has to offer.

A few weeks ago, the Foghorn wrote about the advantages of piling an undergraduate schedule with as many classes, activities, and obligations as humanly feasible—even for just a little while—to get the most outof undergraduate life at USF. One reason? What better time than college to try out so many things?

After graduation, it’s much harder in the real world to start being a renaissance woman or man.

The same applies to San Francisco; all work and no play in a city amazing as ours is a waste. The staff, full of hometown San Franciscans and transplants alike, can never exhaust telling what they think is great about their City.

For the USF student, a complete USF education should balance the demands of academics with a special effort to truly connect with, we think, the world’s best college town.

The recent win of the San Francisco Giants of only the second World Series since the team moved from Manhattan to the City in 1958 drives the point home. And although we’d be hard pressed not to be trilled for the Giants (have you seen our font and back pages?) the City is much, much more than a city-size tourist attraction USF is lucky to surrounded by.

San Francisco is a classroom that is second to none. The incredible diversity of the City, both culturally and economically, is something other cities even in California can only hope to acheive. Our is a City of contrasts, an anomoly within anomolies that heighten and concretize in a very immediate way the lessons we learn in the literal classrooms of USF.

The best thing a USF student—whether a budding freshman or a fifth-year senior—can do is to travel to as many San Francisco neighborhoods as possible, talk to as many strangers as possible, ride unfamiliar Muni lines as often as possible, shop as locally and as organically as possible, take as many pictures as possible, and volunteer at as many places as possible. The mission of working for the greater good begins at home, and for the USF student, what a home we have.

Ultimately, the Foghorn wants to ask this question: Do you know that you live/go to school here? If this question (or the 2012 Giants) doesn’t hit you with the epiphany that you live and study in an amazing town, please step away from the desktop and search for a Muni line whose route number you don’t recognize. You’ll be the wiser and better for it.

SF Giants Capture NL West Title with Defeat of San Diego Padres


The San Francisco Giants are headed to the post-season for the second time in three years. Following Saturday night’s 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, the Giants clinched the National League Western Division by holding an 11 game lead over the second-place Dodgers with only 10 games remaining on the schedule. The last time the Giants were in the postseason (2010) the team won its first championship in San Francisco.

It has been an up and down year for the Giants. Things started off promising, as the club still had the same lights out pitching that buoyed them to glory in 2010. Catcher Buster Posey was healthy again following a devastating leg injury he sustained in the early months of the 2011 season, an injury that effectively ruined the 2011 team’s chances. Newcomers Angel Pagan (center field) and Melky Cabrera (left field) added speed and promise to an offense that had historically struggled over the past several seasons.

Despite an improved offense, the Giants had other struggles throughout the year. Fierce and bearded closer Brian Wilson was lost very early in the year to an arm injury that required season-ending surgery. All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval landed on the disabled list twice for extended periods of time. To almost everyone’s surprise, two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum was one of the worst pitchers in baseball in the first half of the season.

Melky Cabrera was a huge bright spot for the club. He led all of Major League Baseball in hits and batting average more than two-thirds of the way through the season, but was suspended suddenly on August 15th for 50 games following a failed performance-enhancing drug test.
Even after losing one of their best all-around players in Cabrera, the Giants rallied like never before down the stretch. The Giants and Dodgers were tied for first place in the West when Cabrera was suspended.

The Dodgers took on more than $200 million in salary in what was the most financially substantial trading frenzy in the history of the sport. Los Angeles acquired superstars Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins and Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox, in addition to injured star Carl Crawford (Red Sox), former star Josh Beckett (Red Sox), solid outfielder Shane Victorino (Phillies), utility infielder Nick Punto (Red Sox), starting pitcher Joe Blanton (Phillies), and relievers Randy Choate (Marlins) and Brandon League (Mariners). Despite having so many superstars, the Dodgers have struggled to score runs and are scuffling down the stretch. They currently trail in the wildcard standings by three games with only nine games remaining on the schedule. In stark contrast to the Dodgers, since Cabrera’s suspension the Giants have gone 25-10 (.714), a very impressive mark.

Now that we know the Giants will be in the postseason, it is uncertain whom they will oppose in the first round. The number one seed will face the wild card winner (the best non-first place team) while the second and third seeds will play each other. Right now, the Giants are the number three seed, so they will likely play either the Reds or Nationals in the National League Division Series beginning the weekend of October 6th and 7th. If the Giants remain the three seed, they will open the best-of-five series with two games at home, followed by at least one (and potentially three) games on the road. The starting rotation will likely be led by All-Star Matt Cain, who pitched the 22nd perfect game in MLB history and the first in Giants franchise history on June 13th, 2012 amd started and won the 2012 All-Star game.
The 2012 Giants are in many ways superior to the 2010 championship team. The offense is putting up great numbers while the pitching staff remains strong. The City lost its mind for the Giants in 2010. Will there be another parade down Market Street in 2012?

Giants Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to Speak at USF About Not For Sale Campain

Next Tuesday, May 1st, Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants, will be speaking at the University of San Francisco campus from 11:40-12:40 at CO 106. Aside from being a pitcher and 2010 World Series champion, he is also a human rights advocate and an ambassador for the anti-slavery organization, Not For Sale.

Not For Sale is a campaign started by USF School of Management professor David Batstone that mobilizes activists to abolish slavery and fight human trafficking through a variety of grassroots initiatives. He founded the organization after reading in a local paper that his favorite Indian restaurant had been trafficking women to wash dishes, cook meals and perform other types of labor.

Currently Not For Sale helps victims of human trafficking in Thailand, Uganda, Peru, Cambodia and Romania. The organization goes on to provide shelter, education and support to surviving victims of human trafficking. It also works with businesses to examine their supply chains and practice ethical hiring.

Affeldt will be speaking about his profession and work for Free2Play, a Not For Sale campaign that works to create new futures for children who have been rescued from exploitation and slavery. Free2Play was founded on the United Nations Rights of the Children, which guarantees each child the right to rest, leisure and participation in recreational activities no matter what nationality, race or economic level. It is founded on the idea that play has been proven to foster profound effects on ones mental, physical and emotional health.

Last year Affeldt donated $20,000 to support sports programs for kids around the world who have been offered refuge by Not For Sale. In 2009, when he was first drafted to the Giants and made his name as one of the top left-handed setup men in baseball, Affeldt promised to donate $100 for every strike-out he threw during that season to Free2Play. Now, after his World Series championship, Affeldt has upped his contribution to $250 per strikeout.

Not For Sale and Free2Play emphasize that activists can use their own talents and passions to make their contribution toward abolishing slavery. In fact, student athletes on the USF women’s soccer team have made the promise to donate $15 to Free2Play for every goal they score this season.
These donations and future donations to come have allowed Free2Play to build a full sized basketball court at their Thailand location as well as sponsor a surf tribe in Peru, that allows former street children and sex slaves to discover a love for sports.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Violence Has Taken Rivalries Too Far

Rivalries are an integral part of sports, without them sports just couldn’t function. Fans need a villain to root against whether that villain is just an opposition of that particular game or a rival that your team has historically clashed with.  They make sports worth watching, besides athletic ability people want to watch teams beat up on each other. Rivalries like the Yankees-Redsox and Dodgers-Giants attract a lot of national attention for a reason; there is added intrigue for these games. Those games mean more to fans than just a win or loss. Bragging rights are on the line and for fans that is often more important than how a team performs during the season. Even if the Giants don’t make the playoffs, fans will get some satisfaction if they finish better than the Dodgers.

But fans often forget that rivalries are best served for the actual games not for fights in stands or in parking lots. Unfortunately fans taking rivalries too far happens more often than not. The latest example happened on MLB’s opening weekend when two Dodger fans attacked and critically injured Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, in the parking lot of Chavez Ravine. Stow has spent a week in the hospital in critical condition, just because he was sporting black and orange at a Dodgers game. Fans have a right to get cheer their team on passionately and even banter with a rival fan but there is no excuse for the type violence Stow endured.

The Dodgers and Giants obviously have a heated rivalry that extends back to the days when both teams played in New York. If you ever go to a Giants-Dodgers game you can feel the hatred.  But for some reason violence is prevalent among the fan basis anytime the teams play. All it takes is some heckling and a few beers for violence to start. Just a few years ago a Giants fan was murdered outside Dodger Stadium following a game. That’s right, murdered. There should never be a point during a sports game when a fan thinks, let’s murder an opposing fan or let’s beat the crap out of this guy. It’s inexcusable and sick really. Sports aren’t life or death, although as fans we like to think of it that way. At the end of the day baseball is nothing more than a game, period. Someone’s life should never be taken away, especially because of baseball rivalry.

Dodger fans have really disgraced themselves with these actions, now they have the rep, as violent thugs that just want to start fights. Dodger fans shouldn’t be grouped together and labeled in such a way but unfortunately they will because a select group of fans doesn’t know how to act like normal fans. What ever happened to peacefully going to a game to eat a hotdog and watch your favorite team compete?

As a lifelong Dodger fan I’m disappointed in my fellow Dodger supporters, at least the ones that would think of acting out violently. Giants fans have even more of a reason to hate us, and who can blame them. At least the Dodger organization and the LAPD have took actions by offering a $50,000 reward for information about the suspect while they investigate the incident. Dodger Stadium has also beefed up its security and has vowed to have a large LAPD presence at the stadium and in the parking lot. But is this enough to end the violence? Ultimately it’s up to the fans to act responsibly.
It’s time to put an end to this violence. This rivalry has already been taken too far and it needs to stop before something terrible happens to another fan.  All this violence takes the fun out of rooting against a rival. Why would you want to go to a game and worry about getting beaten up from an opposing fan? Sports aren’t the time for fighting. Fans need to put their anger aside when opposing fans start “talking trash”, let the scoreboard and your mouth do the talking not your fists.

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Team of Freaks Embraced by Crowd

If there is one thing evident after the Giants World Series parade–which brought a reported one million people to San Francisco for the celebration and festivities–it is that the fans are just as much freaks and outcasts as the players. Both sides showed their appreciation for the other on Wednesday.

“The Giants win and the new era of San Francisco begins,” smiled Joe Vendetti, 28 of San Jose, who stood for more than an hour in a packed train from San Jose, which Vendetti and his friends said, “felt unsafe due to the number of fans who squeezed in packed cars.”

It didn’t get much easier when fans arrived to the areas surrounding the Civic Center and city hall where fans packed in tight for a look at the new World Series champions, despite poor sound and video aids for fans.

Included in the on-stage celebration that took place in front of city hall was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received loud boos and jeers from the crowd a day after finding out that Democrat Jerry Brown will be succeeding him.
This day however belonged to the Giants players, and their fans, some who have waited decades to erase the bad memories of 2002 and 1989 where the Giants came up short in the World Series.

“Yankees buy teams, we patched it in!” James Nash, a 57 year-old tile worker from San Francisco, yelled over and over as he watched two-time Cy Young winning pitcher Tim Lincecum, deemed “The Freak”, grab the microphone and celebrate with the fans.

Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson have molded into the two most iconic pitching stars in baseball due to their quirky looks and personalities, which most say do not fit the typical baseball look or vibe.

Wilson and Lincecum are the most popular figures in the business of unlicensed Giants merchandise and memorabilia as well. A majority of the audience had “Fear the Beard” t-shirts for Wilson, and “Let Timmy Smoke” shirts with pot leaves on them for Lincecum, who has been embraced by the marijuana community after he was cited in his home state of Washington last year for having less than 3.5 grams of marijuana in his car.

Cody Ceverha, 19, student at SF State and his friends all donned “Let Timmy Smoke” as they and many others at the parade burned marijuana in celebration of these Giants; even in the defeat of Proposition 19 the previous day.
Asked whether his classes were cancelled Ceverha stated, “They might’ve been, but I wouldn’t know!”

On Wednesday it seemed whether you were a first year fan or a fifty year fan, whether you could see and hear everything of the parade or nothing, it was clear that these Giants who were called freaks and misfits all year did something incredibly special, and united this city together for one great party that may not stop till the first pitch next season.

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