The last time the Giants were in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium they were celebrating their third World Series title in five years.
As San Francisco opens a two-game series against the Royals on Tuesday, it’s a great excuse to take a look back at how it won the 2014 championship.
We all remember how the series culminated, with Madison Bumgarner padding his legendary postseason resume by pitching five innings of relief in the 3-2 Game 7 victory. Come to think of it, whatever happened to the ball Pablo Sandoval caught for the final out?
The Giants used Bumgarner’s Game 1 gem to open the series with a win, but the Royals bounced back with wins in Game 2 and Game 3.
In Game 2, Hunter Strickland was hit hard, giving up a two-run Omar Infante home run as Kansas City scored five runs in the sixth inning to take an insurmountable 7-2 lead.
In Game 3, the Giants suffered a World Series loss at AT&T for the first time since 2002 as the Royals escaped with a 3-2 win.
San Francisco turned things around in Game 4, ripping the Royals 11-4 with Hunter Pence contributing three RBIs, to tie the series.
Bumgarner was magnificent in Game 5 as he fired a complete-game four-hit shutout in a 5-0 win that put the Giants on the verge of another title. They would have to wait until Game 7, though, as the late Yordano Ventura kept the Series going with seven innings of shutout ball in the Royals’ 10-0 Game 6 win.
Now the Giants can’t wait to see Bumgarner back on the hill in Kansas City on Wednesday night. We know one guy who would just as soon forget the 2014 Series and the whole postgame award ceremony.