The Giants cast aside all comers, all opponents, from perennial contenders to feel-good stories. They overcame injuries. They became the first team ever to survive four rounds of postseason play. And now they stand alone as World Series champions for the third time in five seasons by topping the Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 on Wednesday night in Kansas City.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Royals' Eric Hosmer dove headfirst into first base trying to break up a double play in the third inning, and he was ruled safe by umpire Eric Cooper. But after a two-minute, 57-second review, the call was overturned and Hosmer was ruled out.
During this postseason, the Royals have become America's Cinderella team. It's difficult to root against the Royals when they haven't been to a World Series in 29 years, and they have only one championship in franchise history.
The Royals, perhaps attempting to recapture some of that Game 7 magic, contacted Brett Saberhagen in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's Game 6 and asked him to throw out the ceremonial pitch for Wednesday night's finale. Saberhagen said yes without hesitation.
After watching 2,430 regular-season games plus All-Star Week and a postseason culminating in a World Series Game 7, four MLB Fan Cave Dwellers were each presented with $5,000 and a thanks from Major League Baseball in a pregame field ceremony on Wednesday night before the Giants and Royals met at Kauffman Stadium.
James Cisneros works off-duty security for the Royals and was stationed in the bullpen during Games 1 and 2. He assumed that his assignment would be the same for Game 7, but on Tuesday afternoon, he got the call telling him that he would have the honor of sitting in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat instead.
There's nothing like a first World Series appearance in 29 years to bring players from the championship team of 1985 back to Kauffman Stadium.
Joe Maddon is on the verge of becoming the Cubs' next manager, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who earlier reported a deal was done. Maddon's agent and two Cubs sources say they do not have a deal.
In transactions that were expected to happen this offseason, MLB.com learned Wednesday that the Reds exercised the $10 million 2015 club option for ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and declined options for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner will be presented with the Army's Outstanding Civilian Award for his work with the club's Home Base Program.
Every member of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015.
For Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland, 2014 has been a tale of two Major League seasons. One part of his season has been a dream. The other part has been more a nightmare.
Yordano Ventura's friend, Oscar Taveras, was on his mind during his Game 6 start, but his focus was obviously on the job at hand -- pitch the Royals into a Game 7 against the Giants.
Grief wore a diamond-stud earring, a fitted gray shirt with a black collar, two metal bracelets and one thick yellow rubber band that read "VIP: Lifestyles Resort."
The Royals put up some of their best postseason numbers in franchise history en route to a 10-0 victory over the Giants on Tuesday to set up a winner-take-all Game 7 in the World Series. Here are some of the more interesting facts and figures to come out of Game 6.
Byron Buxton, MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect, left Monday's Arizona Fall League game in the top of the ninth with an injury to the middle finger on his left hand. Buxton will sit out the remainder of the AFL schedule.
Although Mike Sweeney doesn't feel any pangs watching the Royals make their frenetic push through October, it does serve as a reminder that he wasn't able to do the same with the organization when he was in uniform. In that respect he's glad to be contributing in some way to today's club as a special assistant to GM Dayton Moore.