While most of the country rooted for destiny's darling, the Kansas City Royals, the Giants, behind their cool assassin of a pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, came up big when it counted. The last nine home teams in World Series history won a decisive seventh game, but the new dynasty in town, the San Francisco Giants, would have none of that.
Even with Alex Gordan standing on third, ninety feet away from tying the game after a two-out single/error, Bumgarner remained cool and got the last out, a pop up to, appropriately enough, Pablo Sandoval, who, along with teammates Hunter Pence and Buster Posey, are now the West Coast version of the "Core Four." That's because when any team in this era, with several playoff hurdles to overcome, wins three World Series in five years, they earn the right to call themselves a dynasty.
We'll never know for sure if Alex Gordan would have scored if he was waved home in the bottom of the ninth. A good throw surely would have had him. But baseball, as it historically does, saved that most exciting play to the end. And baseball fans will have the rest of the fall and winter to debate what could have been for Kansas City, baseball's new darlings.