OK, I finally get it...and I'm probably the last one. The 2010 Giants team is not just about Tim Lincecum. This is a complete team; an entity that is clearly greater than any of its parts. Even my favorite part, The Freak. Never has that been clearer than in tonight's stunning dismantling of Cliff Lee and the Rangers, 11-7 in Game #1 of the frigging World Series.
Don't get me wrong, Tim played a big part in the victory. After all, he got the win! But the best thing Tim did was not implode like Lee did. It sure looked like he was going to in the first couple innings (what was he thinking on that rundown?) but each time he limited the damage. Tim seemed to gather himself when we got the lead and got two impressive outs to start the sixth. That was it. Seventeen outs. Ninety-three pitches. An ugly game score (38), a mediocre line score:
5.2 innings 8 hits 4 runs 2 walks 3 strikeouts
But a beautiful win!
Tim is not what will be remembered about our first victory of the 2010 World Series. This game was littered with action. Every Giant that entered the game seemed to make a noteworthy contribution. It wasn't always a gorgeous game - plenty of blunders, some shaky relief at the end - but it reminded me of an all-you-can-eat-buffet. Pleasure after pleasure; almost a sensory overload. When it is really good you can't always recall what you had on your first plate. Did Torres and Sanchez actually club those consectutive doubles? Did Rental really make a spinning spectacular putout? Did Huff actually save that error with his dive and jump up to tag the silly runner? The list goes on and on. Did I really eat all that?
Help me remember...what was your favorite detail of that miraculous event that we all just witnessed?