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For SaleSan Francisco Giants World Series Hero Oct .23 2012 Gm4 10th inning World Series Winning RBI 2 nd. Baseman Marco Scutaro MLB Authenticated Giants autographed So if your Dad, Mom or anyone you know is a True Giants Fan.Get them a Gift that they will enjoy for the rest of time Wouldn't you Like To get them a gift that will be prized and help them remember when their team where the World Series Champs.You can get this one this year for Christmas day With a starting price $75.00 compare to Bay Area stores that are asking over $400 for the balls they are selling With this Fall Classic Hero Guaranteed Authentic by MLB.& the Hologram # label program "Please copy & print the information below " (When we look back on the 2012 World Series between the SF.Giantsand theDetroit Tigersmany years from now, we're going to see that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was the MVP of the series.
Kung Fu Panda earned it. He hit three home runs in Game 1 of the series at AT&T Park, and he ended up hitting an even .500 (8-for-16) with a 1.654 OPS when all was said and done.
But it was not Sandoval who clinched the World Series for the Giants. It was Marco Scutarowho did the honors.
With Game 4 tied at 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning, Scutaro lined a base hit to center field to score Ryan Theriot with the go-ahead run. It proved to be the dagger when Sergio Romo came in and struck out the side in the bottom of the inning, and just like that the Giants had their second World Series championship in the last three years.You can't be a postseason hero without gaudy numbers, and Scutaro definitely racked up some shiny statistics in the 16 games it took for the Giants to win it all.
In the end, Scutaro posted a triple-slash line of .328/.377/.391 in the playoffs. He scored 11 runs and collected eight RBI.
Those numbers are good enough at first glance, but anyone who was watching Scutaro in the postseason will get the sense that something is missing. There's something about those numbers that doesn't quite tell the whole story.
This is because Scutaro's story didn't really begin until after the Giants got past thein the National League Division Series. He didn't put on his cape until the Giants clashed with the St. Louisin the National League Championship Series.
In the seven games the Giants played against the Cardinals in the NLCS, Scutaro was unstoppable. He collected at least two hits in all but one of the games, eventually compiling a triple-slash line of .500/.533/.607 with six runs scored and four RBI.
Scutaro then collected two more hits, two more runs scored and two more RBI in the first game of the World Series. At that point, he was a .500/.529/.594 hitter with eight runs scored and six RBI in eight games.
For what it's worth, that kind of production spaced out over a full season would have seen Scutaro score 162 runs and rack up 122 RBI. He was basically an uber-version of Mike Trout in that eight-game span.
Scutaro did cool down in Games 2 and 3 of the World Series, as Tigers pitchers held him hitless in eight at-bats with a pair of strikeouts. They managed to do the seemingly impossibly by making Scutaro a non-factor.
And then he came back in Game 4 with a pair of hits, the second of which put an exclamation point at the end of his postseason saga. The Short list of players to get a series ending hit is
Bill Mazeroski in 1960.
Joe Carter in 1993.
Luis Gonzalez in 2001.
Marco Scutaro in 2012.
Yeah, sounds about right. The list of players who clinched a championship for their teams with clutch hits is quite short, but it certainly got a new addition on Sunday night.
Maybe the only thing that separates Scutaro's World Series-clinching hit in Game 4 from all the other great Fall Classic clinchers is the fact that everyone and their uncle could see it coming from a mile away.
When Scutaro strode to the dish on Sunday night to face Phil Coke with the go-ahead run on second, everyone was thinking the same thing:
The fate of the World Series has a way of ending up in the hands of heroes, so it made perfect sense that Scutaro would find himself at the plate with a chance to win it for the Giants. The moment had the fingerprints of the baseball gods all over it.
So didthe hititself,which came on a high and outside fastball that probably would have been ball four if Scutaro had let it go by. Instead, he squared it up and dropped it in front of Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, a man who covers about as much ground as a Harrier jet.
Marco Scutaro is not a young man by baseball standards. He's going to turn 37 years old on Tuesday, meaning he probably only has two or three years left in him before he calls it a career.
When Scutaro does hang up his spikes for good, he'll have enjoyed a good run. He will not, however, have enjoyed the kind of long and prosperous career that the greats specialize in.
Some ballplayers are late bloomers, and the term definitely applies to Scutaro. He was first signed as an amateur free agent by the Cleveland Indiansin 1994, and he didn't make it to the big leagues for nearly a decade. He was 26 years old when he made his major league debut in 2002 Baseball fans get caught up in worshiping star players, but this is life for about 99 percent of the ballplayers at the various levels of Major League Baseball. A lot of ballplayers are lucky to get a shot in the first place, and they're even luckier if they manage to bounce around from place to place for more than a few years. For these guys, the baseball life is not about making hundreds of millions of dollars and seeking rings so they can add to their legacies. The vast majority of players who come through the league are just looking to make a nice living. Beyond that, they'll take what they can get.
Up until he joined the Giants, Scutaro may as well have been a poster boy for these guys. He was not a star by any stretch of the imagination. In many ways, he was just another grunt trying to earn an honest living.
He was lucky enough to get a chance to make a legend out of himself for a few short weeks, and it's fair to say that he made the most of it.
Stories like Scutaro's are why we love baseball. It's a sport played by titans, and on most days they own the playing field. But every once in a while, a little guy appears and shows that he belongs It was meant to be, and everyone knew it. this article byZACHARY D. RYMER
OCTOBER 29, 2012