The San Francisco Giants won Game 1 of the World Series 8-3 on Monday, just another example of baseball being completely unpredictable.
Facing arguably the best pitcher in baseball in Justin Verlander, not many would have predicted the Giants to score eight runs in Game 1. Few would have predicted Barry Zito to out pitch Verlander and no one would have predicted four of the runs would come via three Pablo Sandoval home runs.
Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles and other Giants fans enjoyed the results, even if no one would have ever believed them if they hadn't seen them with their own eyes.
You can't articulate it. But if you could, it would sound something like, "But if we get to the playoffs, maybe Barry Zito could be good again and Pablo Sandoval could hit three home runs and maybe they could knock Justin Verlander around and YOU NEVER KNOW." The hostess at T.G.I. Friday's would probably ask you to leave. You'd be confused yourself. Surely, that's not what you meant to say, right?
Possibly the thing that made Game 1 so surprising wasn't the fact the Giants came away with a win, or even the fact they scored eight runs. It was the way they did it.
It was the best pitcher alive going against the pitcher Giants fans have muttered as an epithet for six seasons. It was the guy who played his way out of the last World Series having an all-time, historic monster of a game. It was the best pitcher alive giving up an RBI single to a pitcher who holds a bat like it's covered in millipedes. It was Gregor Blanco diving and diving again, and it was Delmon Young looking like Vladimir Guerrero with a hernia. It was Tim Lincecum, perfect in relief.
No matter how unpredictable it may have been, Game 1 is in the books and the Giants have a 1-0 lead in the World Series.