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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.

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.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

SF Welcomes Home Giants in Victory Parade: Hectic Parade Attracts Out-of-State Fans

November 2, an estimated 1.5 million people gathered near the civic center to welcome home the Giants after winning the world series for the first time in San Francisco.  People from all over came to celebrate this victorious day.

Clouds of smoke would puff up occasionally around the crowds while beer cans were being tossed to the ground since there were no trashcans. Although this was an exciting event, the city should have taken more time to organize such a momentous occasion.

Christi Robb, 26, a San Francisco State University student said, “The city could have done a much better job of organizing especially as far as scheduling and crowd control is concerned. It seems that it should have been easy seeing as how SF is no stranger to throwing a party, especially one involving a parade.”

Christine Giusti, 22, a USF alum also agreed that the parade was not organized. However, out of the five interviewed, all seemed to enjoy the excitement of the city. Gabby Seo, 22, was visiting from New York and came not knowing what was going on. Seo said, “It was exciting to see people of all ages celebrating”.

Kelsey Burnett, 20, a junior at USF said, “As a huge baseball fan it was something I’ve always wanted to be a part of and since my Mariners haven’t been to a world series yet this was the closet I’ve been able to get.”
This parade attracted people from all over and allowed for a giant celebration, even if they aren’t all Giants fans, although most were.

Robb said,  “The Giants have been my favorite team since I was 9. Its exciting to think that I may sit at a Giants game with my kids one day telling them about the first year we won the series, the craziness of the parade, and how more people showed up than the entire city population.”

Although the actual parade was not very well organized, the clean up was. Hannah Jones, 23, a San Francisco native said, “The whole city was having a lot of fun. I hear they started planning two hours after we won the final game. We walked by where the start of the parade was and they were already cleaning, which is great!”

All six people were excited and happy they got to experience this moment that will go down in history.

It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky with a giant crowd, bigger than the population of the city.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

SF Giants Ignite Bay Area with World Series Trip

San Francisco is covered in black and orange, not for Halloween but in celebration of the Giants’ recent World Series berth. The whole Bay Area has Giants fever and with good reason. It has been eight long years since the Giants have been to the World Series and six years since they have even made the playoffs. The Giants’ World Series berth is the classic Cinderella story; few people, even the most loyal fans, expected them to make it this far, let alone to the playoffs.

Having low expectations is a common feeling among Giants fans, which makes this great play-off run even sweeter for them. It’s the same feeling you have when you take a test that you didn’t study for, you don’t expect to pass the test and you certainly don’t anticipate a good grade: anything over a C- is a bonus. Getting an A on that test is a feeling of complete joy and amazement, which are exactly the same feelings Giants fans experience with each game the team wins.

With the Giants, it’s never completely joyful because they always win in the most stressful of ways. Duane Kuiper, the play-by- play broadcaster for the Giants labeled this season with the slogan “Giants’ Baseball: Torture.”

Kuiper’s slogan sums up the season perfectly; Giants games are always tense for fans, the team wins a lot of one-run games and does it intense fashion. In some weird way, the tortuous winning style makes the Giants more enjoyable to root for and the whole Bay Area is jumping on the bandwagon.

Living in the Bay Area, its hard not to get sucked into the Giants’ playoff quest; literally everyone is talking about them 24/7.

It is incredible how much support they have received. The reason for it is because the Giants are the only successful professional team in the Bay Area, so everyone is rallying around the Giants; the people of the Bay Area need a winning team to root for. This playoff run is great for the Bay Area, not just because it gives people a team to support but it has also been a huge boost to the economy and it has given the Giants and San Francisco a ton of exposure, Hotels are booked out, as out of town fans flock to the city to cheer for and against the Giants. It has been an incredible boom to the local economy and it will only get better for the World Series games.

A recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the amount of business the playoffs have brought to local businesses, apparel stores and San Francisco as a whole. According to the article, “Sales at the ballpark Dugout store are about 150 percent higher than normal on game days…At the five Dugout stores in malls around the area, sales are 20 times higher than they are when the Giants are done in October. About one-third of sales are postseason merchandise.”

The Giants have also received a lot of exposure, showing off the beauty of AT&T Park, the rabid fans that inhabit it and the great city that holds it. AT&T Park is the best park in baseball; the breathtaking views, delicious food and raucous crowd are what make the park the best.

Anyone that has been to a game can attest to that. I was at game four of the Phillies’ series and the crowd was absolutely incredible. Orange towels were being waved furiously and the noise level was at mach-engine level. People of the Bay Area have always known how great AT&T is but now every base- ball fan can see.

The restaurants around AT&T Park have increased their hours to support the amount of traffic they are experiencing. Finding a cab on the same day as a Giants game has become a nightmare as the majority of them are headed to the ballpark.

So now the Giants head into the World Series, hoping to win the teamís first World Series since moving to San Francisco. It has been a long time since Giants fans have seen them win a World Series; they deserve a win, especially af- ter going through such a tortuous season. The Bay Area also needs a championship desperately.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

The World Series Has Been a Classic

In case you were unaware, this year’s World Series features two of the toughest baseball clubs. The New York Yankees coming in with their classic Bronx Bomb-ing hitting and the Phightin’ Philadelphia Phillies, whose power hitting lineup is unmatched with any team in the National League.

This World Series is expected to be an offensive show case with two of the best offensive clubs in baseball. Philadelphia bringing Ryan Howard (45 HR’s), Jayson Werth (99 RBI’s), and Jimmy Rollins (100 Runs scored and 31 Stolen Bases) and New York, who powered through the playoffs, with Mark Teixeira (39 HR), Alex Rodríguez (100 RBI’s), and Derek Jeter (107 Runs scored and 30 Stolen Bases). Not to mention both teams with some old veterans who are known to be clutch, like Philadelphia’s Carlos Ruiz and Matt Stairs or New York’s Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui.

What’s actually supposed to be a home run show down in the fall classic is actually going to come down to pitching. Both teams are so even in their offense (hitting and base running) that this World Series is going to come down to the few mistake pitches made by either the strong starting pitching or the weak bullpens for both teams.

Though this series will probably be close and every game hard fought, the New York Yankees will probably out last the Philadelphia Phillies. Offense will be equal for both teams, since they both have the best lineups baseball has seen in a while. But regardless of how great Ryan Howard or Alex Rodríguez is in the series, we know that the pitching from both teams is some of the best pitching seen in the World Series for a while. Philly with 2008 Cy Young winning Cliff Lee to match with New York’s 2007 Cy Young winning CC Sabathia, future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the Phillies with New York AJ Burnett, and Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels with one of New York’s toughest veteran’s Andy Pettite.

The New York Yankees have an advantage on pitching over the Phillies though. Cliff Lee (ERA 3.22) who will match up well against Sabathia (ERA 3.37) is Charlie Manual’s (Phillies Manager) smallest problem. With Martínez (ERA 3.63) being an old veteran, he has the know how to beat the best, but his 38 year old body can’t be expected to pitch eight or nine, like Lee. Much like Martínez, Hamels (ERA 4.32) who is young and has the strength to pitch a complete game has been known to run into trouble in the late part of the game. With two pitchers unexpected to go complete games, Manual’s job is going to have to be to manage the bullpen well. His key will be to get to his closer Brad Lidge (ERA 7.21); unfortunately that road won’t be easy and even Lidge doe not look like he did in last years World Series. On their opponents’ bench, Joe Girardi (Yankees skipper), will try to have Burnett and Pettite go seven, eight, or even a complete game if possible. However, Girardi has an ace up his sleeve. If Burnett or Pettite can go at least seven innings, he has Mariano Rivera to turn to.

Without a doubt Sabathia versus Lee will be an amazing game. But with both Martínez versus Burnett and Hamels versus Pettite, Manual will need help from his bullpen. However, the Yankees also have the luxury of Joba Chamberlain out of the bullpen rather than as a starter, which will give the Yankees an even stronger pen.

The  Phillies have a chance, but it’s just a feeling that for them to keep up with  Sabathia, Burnett, and then Pettite on a three man rotation they will need three games out of the seven from Cliff Lee, and they will need an amazing game from either Martínez or Hamels to get the fourth win of the series.

This World Series is going to be close. Even though the Yankees have an advantage with the bullpen, anything can happen and “anything” has been known to happen from the 75’ World Series with Carlton Fisk to the 2001 Series with Luis Gonzalez’ bloop hit over Derek Jeter, or even the 2004 ALCS with Curt Schilling and the bloody sock. Whatever the outcome, this World Series is going to be a classic!