The prize that eluded Willie and Barry
at long last belongs to the San Francisco Giants, thanks to a band
of self-described castoffs and misfits and their shaggy-haired ace.
      Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and the Giants won the World Series
on Monday night, beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5
and taking the trophy home to the city by the Bay for the first
time.
      It was an overdue victory - the Giants last wore the crown in
1954, four years before they moved West. So much for a franchise
that never quite got it done in October despite the likes of
baseball giants Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Juan Marichal. It's
November, and now new stars stand tall in San Francisco.
      "This buried a lot of bones - '62, '89, 2002," Giants general
manager Brian Sabean said, ticking off losing Series appearances.
"This group deserved it, faithful from the beginning. We're proud
and humbled by the achievement."
      Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in an every-pitch-matters matchup
that was scoreless until Renteria earned the Series MVP award by
hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh