Game Seven of the 2014 World Series provided some welcome drama to the 2014 Fall Classic that was lacking in Games Five and Six.
Should Alex Gordon have tried to score on his 9th inning, two-out single turned “three bagger”, thanks to Gregor Blanco? I’m going to venture a guess that question may be asked in the Kansas City area for quite some time. It’s easy to play couch coach, but, hey, I’m a risk taker and I would have made a run for it. I mean, it was only World Series (and NLCS) MVP Madison Bumgarner of the mound for the Giants.
The same Madison Bumgarner who now sports a 0.25 ERA over three World Series!
History was made in Game Seven as baseball fans watched in awe as the unflappable and nearly un-hittable Bumgarner came in to relieve ex-Royal Jeremy Affeldt to start the fifth inning. If I was a Royals fan (and I was, loyal to my American League Central Division “heritage” as the White Sox team photographer), I would have been freakin’ out when I saw Bumgarner begin to warm up in the fifth.
After giving up a single to Omar Infante to lead off the inning (and send false hope to the Royals faithful), and the 9th inning single to Gordon, Bumgarner remained cool and calm as he has been throughout the entire postseason to lead the Giants to their third World Championship in the last five years.
2010, 2012 and now 2014. I think it’s safe to say that these boys of summer from the City by The Bay can be considered one of baseball’s great dynasties… Yep, I said it.
And as for Bumgarner? Arguably, perhaps, the best World Series pitcher ever. Maybe not even arguably. I love covering history!
4-0 with 1 save and a 0.25 ERA over 36 innings spanning three World Series? Yep, I would have sent Moustakas! But, with Moustakas watching from third base, Bumgarner induced Royals catcher Salvador Perez to pop up to an anxious Pablo Sandoval to seal the deal for Bumgarner and the Giants.
I can’t wait to look over the parade pictures by my pal and MLB Photos teammate Brad Mangin.