Riding high after their come-from-behind NCLS victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants were not supposed to be able to defeat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series. In fact, there were many sports writers and fans alike that believed that the Giants and their hot, scrappy bats wouldn’t even be able to score a run off of Verlander, who is arguably the greatest pitcher in the universe right now.
Of course, all of those people were wrong and Pablo Sandoval made history last night, as he joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to ever hit three home runs in one game in the World Series. Joe Morgan probably believes that he has, too, but we know better. As for his feat, the man they call Panda is humbled.
"Man, I still can't believe it," Sandoval said.
"We played our last game only two days ago," Sandoval said. "We're still hot. We just came here and played our game." (Via CBS)
And Sandoval was the only Giant who needed to play his game, as his 4 RBI performance was all the Giants needed to defeat the Tigers in this 8-3 game. Well, I guess San Fran would have also needed pitcher Barry Zito, but nobody likes to give MLB’s top Sublime cover band singer the credit he deserves for being great this season. So all of the joy and praise shall be bestowed upon Sandoval, because f*ck pitchers, that’s why.
And the Internet’s biggest Giants fans were quick to praise their Game 1 hero, as memes started popping up like wildfire. As always, I’ve collected some of my favorites and they are quite splendid.
And how about a little love for Zito?