This year’s MLB playoffs were filled with improbabilities: the Oakland A’s made it for the first time in six years, the Detroit Tigers swept the Yankees, and the Texas Rangers — once favored to win it all — didn’t make it past the wild-card round. But the most surprising element was the incredible comeback of the San Francisco Giants. In the National League finals, the Giants were down 1-3 against last year’s champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, but wound up taking the series all the way, first defeating the Cardinals with a decisive 9-0 victory in Game 7. From there, the Giants headed to the World Series, where they shut out Detroit in four quick games to claim the team’s second championship title in three years. Of course, the fans (probably including some fair-weather ones) went wild. After all, everyone loves an underdog.
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