The Giants leave the Dodgers in their wake
(From the Los Angeles Times, no less)
Quote:The Giants have now appeared in 19 World Series, one more than the Dodgers. If the Giants defeat the Tigers, they will have won seven world championships, one more than the Dodgers.
The Giants have appeared in four World Series - four - since the Dodgers' last Fall Classic appearance in 1988. If the Giants beat the Tigers, they will have won as many world championships in three years - two - as the Dodgers have won in the last 31 years.
You want numbers? In their 2,373 meetings, the most between any two franchises, the Giants have won 24 more games.
You want stars? There are 66 players with Giants affiliations in baseball's Hall of Fame, a dozen more than those with Dodgers ties. The Giants players have won the most-valuable-player award 13 times and the Dodgers have won 11, but since 1989, the Giants have had seven MVPs and the Dodgers have had zero. The Dodgers can claim their traditional pitching superiority by winning the Cy Young Award battle, 10-3, but since 1989, both teams have won two.
And, oh, if you're going to challenge those numbers because of Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use, don't forget that Eric Gagne did a banned substance too.