I can sleep at night even knowing that Pat Burrell won a ring while still being paid by the Rays. Burrell went 0-13 in the series and struck out constantly. He struck out 3 times last night while playing in the DH spot against AL pitching, so some things never change. Aubrey Huff finally got a ring as well. Lincecum and Cain proved they are one of the most dominate pitching tandems in MLB, if not the best. The key veteran players stepped up in this series, like Huff, along with Renteria, Ross, Sanchez and others. At one point this team was 41-40 and few thought they would even make the post season.
On the other side, the AL took a black eye in this series as did the Rangers. Texas couldn’t buy a hit against the Giants. Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson couldn’t get the Giant hitters out while the Texas bats of Hamitlon, Kinsler, Guerrero and others were simply dominated. I was pulling for Texas in this series and would have liked to see Hamilton get a ring. The former Ray is an incredible story and strong person, for him to win a ring would have been icing on the cake, but this was just not to be. I am surprised at the Rangers. I thought Texas would have been able to hit better than this, but they were held to a team average of only .190, showing how great the Giants arms are.
The season is officially over now and now the off-season begins for the Rays as they try to prepare the team for next year in hopes that they will be able to make the World Series. Once again, congrats to the San Francisco Giants and their championship.