As a baseball fan living in San Francisco, I can’t stress how much I love my Giants. This year’s group of ragtag misfits and castoffs has already made tortured history by dominating the National League with a brilliant September ERA of 1.78 and look to cap off a memorable season by winning the World Series against the Texas Rangers.
Although I’m not one to make any predictions, after I made the mistake of saying that the Giants would win the 2002 World Series in six, that hasn’t stopped Sony and 2K Games from making predictions about this year’s playoffs, with both picking the Giants to win their first World Series since 1954. When the franchise was still known as the New York Giants.
2K Sports: While the much-heralded Inside Edge Data technology predicted a San Francisco versus New York matchup, this simulation originally predicted that the Giants would fall behind the Yankees 3-1 in the best of seven matchup, only to storm back and win in seven behind a two-run home run by NLCS-MVP winner Cody Ross.
MLB ’10: The Show: After taking a commanding 3-1 lead over Texas, after Cliff Lee took Game One – a highly realistic prediction – Texas staved off elimination in Arlington by beating the Giants 4-3 in Game Five. They would proceed to win Game Six in San Francisco in extra innings, only to lose a 1-0 heartbreaker in Game Seven of the World Series after a walk-off home run by Philadelphia/Tampa Bay-castoff Pat “The Bat” Burrell.
Whether or not these predictions come true, I know that this World Series will be one to remember despite whatever the so-called “sports writers” at ESPN have predicted. I’d like to give my own personal prediction, but unfortunately I fear that I’ll have nightmares about Anaheim’s Rally Monkey if I say something again. Something that I hope all San Francisco Giants fans will all be able to forget soon enough. GO GIANTS!