GLENDALE — From Burbank High graduate to Glendale Community College standout to 2010
Freddy Sanchez' nine-year
The victory was the first for the Giants franchise since 1954 and the first ever since moving from New York to San Francisco.
"This is the ultimate high in baseball," said Giants catcher Buster Posey after the game.
Sanchez was the first area player to compete in a World Series since St. Francis graduate and Glendale native
Sanchez went one for four on Monday, notching a single in the top of the sixth. He ended the World Series with a .273 average, having gone six for 22 in the series. But it was Sanchez who ignited the Giants in Game One, going four for five with three runs batted in and two runs.
He also finished the series with his normal flawless defense, which was a highlight over the weekend as the former
For the most part, however, it was the pitching of Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Wednesday's starter, Tim Lincecum, that was the catalyst for a Giants triumph that saw the staff hold the Rangers to a .190 average over the five-game series. Lincecum struck out 10 and allowed just one run over eight inning to get the win on Monday.
"He had that confidence," Posey said. "He was good all the way through."
For Sanchez, it was the high note for his career thus far and a Giants tenure that began with a trade in 2009 that was met with harsh criticism after the former Vaquero struggled at the plate at times and struggled with injuries.
But after a two-hit performance in the National League Division Series against the
In addition, Sanchez was one of the atypical players in the Giants lineup, none of them really superstars, many of them acquired in deals under the radar before coming together as champions.