Marco Scutaro the key acquisition

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro waits to bat against the Tigers during Game 1 of the World...

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro waits to bat against the Tigers during Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012. (ROBERT GALBRAITH/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

DETROIT - Larry Baer, the CEO of the San Francisco Giants, wore a bright orange sweater and black pants as he stood in the hallway outside the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park.

It was early Monday morning, two hours after the Giants had won the World Series, and Baer was doing his best goalie impression.

Compliments sent his way were deflected into the corner to general manager Brian Sabean.

Praise was turned toward manager Bruce Bochy.

Congrats were greeted with the "we couldn't have done it without our scouts" answer.

Bottom line from the giant franchise of the Bay Area: Two World Series wins during the past three years.

Movies released: None.

Baer sits atop the anti-Moneyball franchise, playing championship ball instead. Their Bay Area neighours, the frugal Oakland A's, are looking for their first title since 1989 as well as a new ball park.

Sabean, the architect of the Giants, is probably the least known GM in the game but has been on the job the longest.

"Brian's a scout at heart," Baer said. "There's a lot to be said for the profession of scouting. There's a lot to be said for the quantitative side, too, it's a hybrid."

Think of all the players who were traded at the deadline and had an impact on the playoff races: Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers, Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels and Hunter Pence to the Giants.

Well, the deadline deal of the year was the Giants acquiring Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies. Sabean flew in to Colorado to see Scutaro play and then acquired him from the Rockies for a minor-leaguer.

Scutaro was the MVP of the National League Championship Series and then knocked in the game-winning run as the Giants swept the Tigers on a cold and rainy Sunday night in Detroit.

"It was, if a can use the word, rather a 'Candlestick-ian' night," Baer said, referring to the Giants' old wind-swept park. "This felt a lot like Candlestick Park. We were worried about the score, more worried about the weather."

With Hurricane Sandy on the way the forecast called for days of rain. The Giants did not want to hang around for a few days of delays and end up playing Game 5 Thursday or Friday.

"The best thing about all of this, aside from winning? Bochy is finally getting the recognition he deserves," Baer said.

The Giants went through their share of adversity this season. This was not a wire-to-wire romp. They lost closer Brian Wilson to Tommy John surgery, and outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension while he was leading the NL in hitting. They didn't take over first for good in the NL West until Aug. 20.

"Sweeping Colorado in September was a turning point," said Baer, who credited scouting director John Barr with draft selections such as pitcher Matt Cain, who won series clinchers against the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals and went seven innings Sunday, and Pablo Sandoval, the World Series MVP.

Other Giants homegrowns include Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.

They didn't sprint through post-season. In the best-of-five against Cincinnati they were down 2-0 in the series and in Game 5 they had one hit against starter Homer Bailey and struck out 16 times before winning in extra innings on a Scott Rolen error. Like that happens every day.

After beating the Reds, they rallied from a 3-1 disadvantage against the Cardinals, going 6-0 overall in elimination games.

The World Series was supposed to be the toughest to win but instead it was the easiest. It was as if the Tigers saw their ace, Justin Verlander, get his ears pinned back by the Panda in Game 1 and thought they were in the deep end of the pool.

It was the third consecutive World Series win for the NL, the fourth in five seasons.

"Each time people said we weren't going to (come from behind)," said Ryan Vogelsong, who made four post-season starts, all longer than five innings and never allowing more than one run, matching Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson's achievement.

Bochy had a delicate situation as to whom to remove from the rotation and put in the bullpen: Barry Zito, Bumgarner or Lincecum? He chose Linceum.

Lincecum made one start against St. Louis (a loss) but pitched 13 innings in relief allowing one run.

"He made my job easier accepting his role," Bochy said. "Lincecum didn't waver."

Bench coach Ron Wotus, pitching coach Dave Righetti, hitting coach Hensley Meulens and third-base coach Tim Flannery have transformed the Barry Bonds clubhouse into the Giants clubhouse.

"All year, we've worked with (Crawford) on his bunting," Flannery said, "saying 'World Series, game on the line, fans are screaming, you're going to have to slow things down. Breathe.'"

Crawford bunted Ryan Theriot over in the 10th inning Sunday. Then Scutaro delivered.

The parade is Wednesday.

Same route as 2010.

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SANDY KEEPS WORLD SERIES CIRCUS IN TOWN

The World Series is over.

The San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the 108th Series wrapped up matters on the field.

Yet, that doesn't mean the show has left town.

A number of executives from Major League Baseball's New York office are riding out Hurricane Sandy by staying in Detroit. New York area airports were closed Monday.

A number of Giants eastern-based scouts remained in Detroit as well, as did some writers, while others tried to drive home.

So even though Hall of Famer Yogi Berra used to say it's never over until it's over, that doesn't mean everyone can leave town when it actually is over.


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