This was not the match up that the corporate world of baseball wanted, but this certainly was the series that baseball needed. 

Not the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, nor the Dodgers could have played a series that was full of so many twisting plots and so many heroic performances.  In the end, the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champs for the 3rd time in 5 years after besting the upstart Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the best of 7 series.

Hudson Hornet Brandon Belt (pictured above) had 2 hits in game 7 and ended up hitting .308 for the World Series.  Not bad for a guy who missed a large portion of the season thanks to a broken thumb and then a lingering concussion. Along with the high of winning the World Series, Brandon and his wife, Haylee, welcomed their first child halfway through the season, a boy named Greyson Ellis.

Belt family

And then there was Madison Bumgarner.

There were hundreds of deserving superlatives thrown his way by broadcasters, analysts, and teammates, but the one comment that best puts his post season performances in perspective is that no one in the past 100 years of baseball did the super human things he did.

Congratulations to the Giants and to one of our very own, Brandon Belt.  We hope to have him on the Merrell in the Morning Show very soon.