There’s nothing that brings a city together like baseball and its most coveted prize-the WORLD SERIES.  Today, the SF Giants take on the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the 2012 World Series Championship and what could be game over, if they managed to pull out another win.  The joy of victory is great but the awesome myriad of record breaking hits, back to back shutouts and more give us all an opportunity to take a gander back at history and realize just how rare and unusual this team’s accomplishments are.  And, as we review some of the awesomeness of this series-let’s remember that to get where we are-the Giants had to come back from major deficits in the last two rounds.  Let’s also remember the multiple suspensions and injuries that took major contributors out of the season altogether and let’s take a look back with all that in mind.

Go GIANTS!

BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS

The Orioles did it last in 1966 against the LA Dodgers.

WORLD SERIES SWEEPS

There’s been a lot of these but back in 1989-the A’s swept the Giants in a World Series that was interrupted by the big earthquake that broke the Bay Bridge.

HOMERUNS

There were no home runs in back to back games this year-games 2 and 3.  Last time this happened it was 1996.

Pablo Sandoval joins the short list of home runs in  World Series game, in the company of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujoles.  Go PANDA!

Sandoval hit 3 homers in game 1 and he is 2 hits away from tying the all time most hits in post season record-25-another short list.

PITCHING

To topple the astounding back-to-back shutout of Detroit in the last two games-remember that the Tigers were shutout in their regular season only two times.

Detroit’s own amazing work demonstrates the level of fantastic baseball being played this year.  Heavy hitters Cabrera and Fielder have been stayed to 3 singles total in 19 at bats.

A turning point in yesterday’s game came when Ryan Vogelsong put to rest two Tigers at the plate with the bases loaded.  One of those Tigers was the terrifying Cabrera.

CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCES  (Can’t help but think of next year…)

The 19071908 Cubs, 19211922 Giants and 19751976 Reds are the only National League teams to win back-to-back World Series.

The 1907–1909 Detroit Tigers and the 1911–1913 New York Giants are the only teams to lose three consecutive World Series.

WORLD SERIES DROUGHT (can’t help but be grateful…I’m originally from the north side of Chicago)

The Chicago Cubs hold the record for the longest World Series drought (still active through 2012), with their last title coming in 1908 (104 years). In fact, they also hold the longest drought without a World Series appearance, not having won the NL pennant since 1945. Even had they won the 1945 World Series, they would still hold the longest active World Series championship drought, the second longest being since 1948 by the Cleveland Indians.