Tonight, the San Francisco Giants seek to do something the franchise has never done: win a World Series Game 7. The Giants have plenty of experience losing game 7’s: 1912, 1924, 1962 and 2002.
If I were the superstitious type, I ‘d say years that end in 4 or that add up to four do not bode well for the Giants winning game 7 tonight. But I’m a believer in reason, not superstition. There’s no reason Tim Hudson cannot top off a great career tonight by bringing the Giants a World Series title.
I said right before last night’s game that my big fear was that Jake Peavy would get the Giants down 3-0. Well, I was wrong. He got us down 5-0 and it got worse.
As Royals runs poured in, I immediately harkened back to the 1960 Series. The Yankees won their three games 10-0, 12-0, and 16-3, but the Pirates won four close games climaxed by a 10-9 victory in Game 7.
This history shows the Royals big win last night means nothing for today’s game.
What does matter tonight?
Hudson, Hudson, Hudson
Tim Hudson can’t put the Giants in a Peavy-sized hole. I have no idea how much left he has in the tank, but I know he won’t leave anything behind. Hudson has a history of playoff disappointments with the A’s and Braves, and a win here gives his entire career a different narrative.
Is it possible that Belt, Posey or Sandoval will go yard in Game 7? They’re certainly due. And maybe Timmy Lincecum comes in and shows the flashes of brilliance we know he can still deliver.
Nobody knows what will happen tonight, which makes the anticipation part of the fun. Waiting for Game 7 in 2002 was not fun, as Giant fans knew we would lose after blowing the 5-0 lead in Game 6.
People talk about the recent Giant teams as causing so much stress in fans as to constitute “torture.” But the real torture was the last three innings of Game 6 in 2002, and all of Game 7.
Crazy as it sounds, I like the Giants chances tonight. They’ve put counted out time and time again in 2014, and winning in Kansas City would be a fitting cap to their season.
Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron. He began rooting for the Giants in 1962