This is just the beginning of the celebration for the Giants and their fans. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Defying the odds is a San Francisco Giants tradition. When Brian Wilson had ot undergo Tommy John surgery, people thought that was it. When their hottest hitter at the time, Melky Cabrera, got suspended, the sports world figured they were toast, but the Giants stayed in it. When the Dodgers made that huge trade, everyone thought they would leave the Giants in the dust. Didn’t happen. Down 2-0 and 3-1 in the NLDS and NLCS, respectively, Los Gigantes were written off yet again. Even when they torched the man-god Justin Verlander people were saying the Tigers were going to come back and look what happened. The end result is the team’s 2nd World Series in 3 years.

I already documented the post-Game 1 excuses from the media and Detroit fans and they didn’t stop even as the Giants went up 2-0 and 3-0. Particulaly maddening was the Baseball Tonight coverage after Game 2 from ‘experts’ Curt Schilling and John Kruk. After dismissing any momentum the Giants may have gained after going up 2-0, both proceeded to rag on the Giants, with Schilling saying Bumgarner wasn’t dominant and Kruk making the excuse that the Tigers layoff before the Series was working against them, even though people had said that would be in their favor. Plus they did it on a BBTN set right in front of Wille Mays Gate, the main gate into AT&T Park. I don’t know what they have against the Giants, but maybe Curt is still peeved about being massively in debt and John is just being his regular asinine self. The Wonder Twins, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, were a bit easier to bear since they weren’t constantly heaping praise on their Cardinals. Still they dedicated a whole half inning in Game 4 when the Giants were batting to a dugout interview with Justin Verlander and the foregone conclusion that he would be starting Game 5. They and most of the media didn’t even try to hide their pro-Tiger feelings. It was digusting and completely unprofessional. The only thing that would have made it worse is if Buck had been paired with the horrendous Cris Collingsworth.

More then a few Detroit fans have said that the better team lost. Besides being short-sighted and showing poor sportsmanship, the sentiment completely ignores how the Giants accomplished The Sweep. They are a team in every sense of the word. There are no huge star players with big egos, like Carbrera or Fielder, but a group of players that know their roles and willing to do whatever it took to win. Case in point is Tim Lincecum. He could’ve grumbled about being sent to the bullpen, but instead he embraced it and excelled. Hunter Pence didn’t make much of a mark offensively, but was a leader in the dugout. There are countless other examples such as Pablo Sandoval, Sergio Romo and Barry Zito. It only seemed fitting that the winning run would be driven in by Marco Scutaro, who embodies the grit and determination of this Giants team. Special consideration should be given to manager Bruce Bochy, whose managerial skills and handling of the bullpen in particular deserve high praise. Romo striking out Miguel Cabrera looking to clinch the series was a microcosm of how pitching virtually shut down the vaunted Tigers offense. Though some might have called their 2010 Championship a fluke, they cannot say the same same for this one. San Francisco is here to stay, so get used to seeing them in the postseason baseball world.