That wasn’t just a World Series. That was a seven-game classic, won by the road team against strong odds. And it yielded fan celebrations and a hero for the ages.
“I wasn’t thinking about how many innings I was going to go …,” San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner said Wednesday after he completed his shutdown of the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
And so Bumgarner joined such names as Koufax and Gibson as World Series legends, while the Kansas City Royals — who had the game-tying run 90 feet away in Game 7 — ended a memorable season by having to watch the Giants celebrate on the Royals’ home field.
And now, we can relive celebrations by the Giants. From mlb.com, some GIFs show the action, beginning with Pablo Sandoval’s catch for the final out.
Back in San Francisco, fans took to the streets to celebrate the title — but with a “drunken, ugly side”; tweets show that police using riot gear had to get involved, according to @sfgate.
Meanwhile, deflated Royals fans were gracious and appreciative in defeat; “best Series I’ve seen in 29 yrs!” and other fan tweets tell the tale.
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