For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants are the World Series champions. This time they did it by sweeping the Detroit Tigers and winning the final game 4-3 in 10 innings.
Former Lansing Lugnuts 2B/SS Ryan Theriot scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning. He played 188 games with the Lugnuts in 2002-03, batting a cumulative .254 with 2 HR, 54 RBI and 53 SB. He was added to the Lansing Lugnuts Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The final out of the series was made by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who struck out looking. He played with the Kane County Cougars in 2001, which I wrote about here. (I included a photo of him from that era in the linked post.)
This was Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s fourth World Series appearance. As a manager, he’s won twice with the Giants and lost once with the Padres. He also played in a World Series, as the backup catcher for the Padres against the Tigers in 1984.
Bochy played in the Midwest League in 1976, when he batted .243 in 30 games with the now-defunct Dubuque Packers (a Houston Astros affiliate). His managerial opponent in this year’s World Series, Jim Leyland, managed the Midwest League’s Clinton Pilots in 1972, 1973 and 1975.