What a journey it has been. The 2010 MLB World Series was one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. This time, the big battle was between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers. Both were underdog teams, desperate for a championship title. But only one would remain standing.
In this year's World Series, only five out of seven games were played. In the end, there was only one thing left to say: Well done, Giants! The San Francisco team emerged victorious.
Videography by Jeremiah Ysip. Edited by Danny Manansala.
Baseball Fever Hits San Francisco
The first game of the series took place in AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on October 27. Outside the stadium, enthusiastic fans of both teams shared their insights with TFK. One Rangers fan told TFK that even though he was in Giants territory, he was confident that the Rangers were going to win. But his hopes were crushed as the Rangers lost 11-7.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom was on hand to witness the win. When TFK asked how the World Series has affected San Francisco, Newsom replied, "[It's affected] everything. The energy, the sense of pride, and the spirit is alive and welcomed throughout San Francisco—not just around the stadium or in the stadium, but all throughout the city and Northern California. It's been an incredible spark for San Francisco." But the World Series was not over yet.
As the Series went on, the Giants continued to dominate. On October 31, 2010, the Giants won Game 4, which gave the San Francisco team a 3-1 overall lead over the Rangers.
The final game, Game 5, took place on the Rangers' home field at Arlington Rangers Ballpark, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers' return home was a relief to loads of Texas fans. A sea of red and blue—Rangers team colors—filled the stadium. But Giants fans dressed in their orange best could still be found speckled throughout the crowd.
The game dragged on with a score of 0-0 for several innings. Then, in the seventh inning, the magic started to happen. The Giants seemed to wake up from their trance as Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria hit a homerun. The score climbed to 3-0, with the Giants in the lead, until Rangers right-fielder Nelson Cruz hit a homerun for Texas. Rangers fans were on their feet for the next two innings, ready for a thrilling last game. But the score remained 3-1. The mighty Giants had won the World Series.
Videography by Veronica Louise Mendoza & Rachelle Cagampan. Edited by Jeremiah Ysip.
Parade of Champions
On November 3, San Francisco honored the winning team with a victory parade. Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the parade route, cheering on their favorite players.
Giants outfielder Cody Ross was on cloud nine as he spoke to TFK. "It's the best possible feeling you can get as a baseball player. It's top of the world in the baseball world, and it's so nice to bring it home to the city of San Francisco," he said.
So, what should kids do if they want to someday play in the World Series? Giants owner Bill Neukom has some advice: "Be good to your parents, do your homework, and play baseball," he told TFK.
Ross also had a special message for TFK readers: "Make sure you stay in school, do your homework, listen to your parents and teachers. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything because I'm living it. If you want it, go get it."