Tigers vs. Giants - World Series Matchup
For the first time in baseball history, the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants will face each other in the 108th World Series. The National League won this summer’s All Star game. Therefore, Games 1 and 2 will be played in San Francisco at AT&T Park. The next 3 games will take place in Detroit, and if necessary, the two teams will head back to San Francisco for a winner-takes-all game 7.
With the Tigers waiting to see who their opponent would be, a lengthy and dramatic series was taking place in the National league. The Giants pulled off a 3 game comeback last night in San Francisco, beating the Cardinals 9-0 to head to the World Series for the 2nd time in 3 years.
This year’s postseason has been anything but ordinary for the two World Series teams. Detroit, who struggled with the pesky Oakland A’s, surprisingly swept the Bronx Bombers of New York. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants pulled off a dramatic series with the Cincinnati Reds before finishing off the St. Louis Cardinals – defending World Series champions.
Delmon Young was selected as the ALCS MVP for Detroit after batting .353 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Young, the former number 1 overall pick, struggled for most of the 2012 regular season, batting just .264. ''He got hot again this year at the right time for us,'' manager Jim Leyland said. ''He stepped it up under the big lights. Not that they are not bright all year, but they are a little brighter this time of year. He stepped it up two consecutive years for us. And the MVP, what a tremendous honor for him.''
San Francisco had a similar story in the National League. 36-year-old Marco Scutaro, a player who wasn’t even on the roster in June, was named NLCS MVP on Monday night. Scutaro batted a superb .500 with 6 runs, 2 walks and 4 RBIs. "It took him a couple days to adjust to us, but he really has been a leader since he got here," said pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who won 2 NLCS games. "He's played great. He's played great defense. He's a true professional. He knows the game. He does all the little things right. Everything you'd lay out on a table for a guy to do, he does."
Tigers vs. Giants. The Motor City and the City by the Bay. To make the match-up even more intriguing, both teams have potential MVP candidates in Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey. This historic World Series is set to be one for the ages.
Tune in for game 1 – Wednesday, October 24th, coverage begins at 6:30PM on FOX 47.