It has been a rough couple of days to be a sports fan in the Dallas area. The Cowboys' season has been derailed by erratic play and a devastating injury to star quarterback Tony Romo, and the NBA's Mavericks are in for a rough season (they got knocked off by the lowly Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend). (Rumor has it the city has a very successful NHL franchise, though that fact can neither be confirmed nor denied.) All the while, the Texas Rangers were getting battered in their first appearance in the World Series, their hot bats stifled by the San Francisco Giants' dominant pitching staff. On Monday night (November 1), the Giants finally put the Rangers out of their misery, as pitcher Tim Lincecum recorded his second victory of this Series to beat back the Rangers 3-1 and win the franchise's first championship since 1954 (and their first ever in the city of San Francisco) by a count of four games to one.
Lincecum was dynamite throughout his eight innings of work, striking out 10 batters and only giving up three hits (a pair of singles and a solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the seventh, after the Giants had already taken the lead for good). He was efficient, only tossing 101 pitches (71 of which came in for strikes) and his movement was as good as it has ever been (unlike in game one, where Lincecum was knocked around a bit but still got the victory, the Rangers could not find a solution to the 26-year-old phenom's change-up). The San Francisco bats did just enough, with all three of their runs coming on an Edgar Renteria homer in the seventh.
Renteria's heroics at the plate throughout the World Series earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy, but for a team that revolved around dominant pitching, it seemed like the award should have gone to Lincecum. In honor of the hurler everybody calls "The Freak" (and also in honor of whacked-out closer Brian Wilson, who was as flawless as a closer can be throughout the playoffs), enjoy Cee-Lo Green's "Closet Freak" and get ready for one hell of a parade in San Francisco.