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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

5 Wins Away From Bliss

I don't practice tantric sex but I have to imagine this is what it feels like. The Giants are on the brink of their 4th World Series appearance as a San Francisco team. Now, plenty can happen. Halladay can happen. Oswalt can happen. And Hamels can happen. The Phillies O can happen. But.. let's consider this for one second as the Giants now lead the NLCS 3-1.

The Giants have beaten Halladay twice this year.
The Giants have beaten Oswalt FOUR times this year.
The Giants have beaten Hamels twice this year.

The Giants only need one more win against that trio. Can they do it? Who knows? This Phillies team is not going to roll over and play dead. They are going to come out firing with all they got tomorrow. Were you surprised to see Oswalt come in tonight? Be ready to see Halladay, Lidge, and Hamels come in for Game 5. The Phillies have their backs to the wall. And like any cornered predator, that's when they are the most dangerous.

That being said...

THE GIANTS ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM OFFICIALLY BEING THE BEST TEAM IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE!!

I can't help but think it's all the positive Giants mojo the organization is spewing... first pitch in Game 3? Pennant winners Bonds (doing his best Tom Cruise jumping on a couch impression), Snow, Nen, and Dunston. Game 4? Pennant winners Clark, Thompson, Williams, and Craig.

The Giants are slowly conquering their demons. They beat the Dick Stockton curse. Cain finally beat the Dodgers this year and yesterday he finally beat the Phillies. Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez etched their names on the SF Giants record books for strikeouts in a game. Buster Posey had 4 hits tonight, the most by a Giants rookie in the postseason since 1924 or something ridiculous.

Can they conquer the ultimate demon? The 0-SF Demon? The lack of a championship?

Tonight gave me (cautious) hope. But SFGiantsGuy will be there for Game 5 to see if The Freak, Seabiscuit, can nail it down.

In the words of the viral Ashkon video: Don't stop believing... this could be the season.

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