For the third time since I started OBM, I get to write those words. The Giants completed their second miracle comeback, winning the last three games of the NLCS to overtake the defending champs, after tonight’s improbable 9-0 wipeout. After falling behind three games to one, they outscored the Cardinals 20-1 to win the NL crown.
After going the distance in both of their series so far, early reports have them sending Barry Zito against baseball’s best pitcher, Justin Verlander in Game one. Who cares? Is there any doubt the baseball gods are smiling on them?
After seeing the super slow motion replay of Hunter Pence’s bat hitting the baseball not once, not twice, but three times on the critical three-run double in the third inning, can anyone doubt the provenance?
By the by, Sports Illustrated actually figured out that, even though no one could see it live, the extra bat contact is allowable under major league rules:
Rule 6.05 (h) states that a batter is ruled out and the play is ruled dead with no advancement by the runners when the batters hits a ball a second time in fair territory. But the rule does include a comment specifically to address the circumstance of a broken bat causing a double hit. It states, “if a bat breaks and part of it is in fair territory and is hit by a batted ball or part of it hits a runner or fielder, play shall continue and no interference called.”
Congratulations to the entire Giants organization, to Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean, Dave Righetti and the rest of the staff, to NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro, and to the San FRancisco Giants. See you Wednesday.