No one here is crying for the Cubs, who haven't been to the baseball championships since 1945, or the Washington Nationals, a never-been-there team whom the Giants defeated in the playoffs.
Most of the nation is probably rooting for the Kansas City Royals (29 years since their last title) in the World Series. Nevertheless there are good reasons to cheer for the Giants, whose individual players have engaging narratives.
Before 2014 Tim Hudson, 39, a multiple-year All-Star for the Oakland Athletics and the Atlanta Braves, had never played in a League Championship Series, much less the World Series. Injury-prone 32-year-old Michael Morse also never made it past the LDS.
|From the doghouse to the penthouse (NY Daily News photo)|
On Thursday night Travis Ishikawa hit the game-ending home run that propelled the Giants into the World Series. The last player to strike a walk-off National-League pennant-winning home run was the 1951 Giant Bobby Thomson, who hit the shot heard 'round the world.
If we stopped here, it would be a great story already. But we want more.