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Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy are living the dream. — Theirs is a World Series arrived at from back roads and small towns, a World Series dream forged with doses of disappointment and failure. Let's not oversell this part of the story because both these World Series managers, Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Ned Yost of the Royals, were always part of the game they loved and always, always finding joy in the journey.

During a dark moment, the Bay Area shined. — SAN FRANCISCO -- When the press box at Candlestick Park began to shake, Bay Area natives sitting around me groaned. One guy rolled his eyes. Another smiled. On the 25th anniversary of that moment, this part of the story remains vivid. They were telling me this was no big deal.

The Giants aren't lucky, they're just good. — SAN FRANCISCO -- There was craziness at the end of Game 3 of the NLCS. There was craziness at the beginning, too. Feels normal now, doesn't it? This postseason has taken us on a string of these wild rides. By now, we're probably beginning to understand this is how it's going to be.

Game 2 of the NLCS is what makes October great. — ST. LOUIS -- Baseball has never been this good. Isn't that the real story of this postseason? It has given us so much that there are times we just have to take a deep breath and try to wrap our minds around it all. Right, Buster Posey?

Game 2 of the NLCS had a little bit of everything. — ST. LOUIS -- Baseball has never been this good. Isn't that the real story of this postseason? It has given us so much that there are times we just have to take a deep breath and try to wrap our minds around it all. Right, Buster Posey?

Consistency is a key element in the Giants' winning formula. — If you're looking for a common thread running through these Giants the last five seasons, it's not really complicated: Consistency in the front office and in the way they view winning baseball. This tenet has helped them develop and pull in talent that fits their winning vision.

Big names overshadowed a flawed Dodgers team. — The Dodgers are a reminder that even with all the planning, things can still go wrong. Way back on the first day of Spring Training, they seemed to have a pitching staff as good as any in the game. But injury after injury held them back, and ultimately ended their October early.

The Cardinals and Dodgers battled in an epic NLDS Game 1. — The Cardinals won it 10-9 Friday night at Dodger Stadium, but the outcome was in doubt until the final out. Along the way, with two aces getting knocked around and a beanball that cleared the benches, both teams sent a message about what they expect this series to be: a dogfight.

Don Mattingly's mentality a perfect fit for the Dodgers. — Going back to his playing days, Don Mattingly has always put the team first. That mentality has served him well managing a team with a lot of superstars, and it's why Mattingly is well suited to lead the Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1988.

The Giants' postseason resiliency is remarkable. — PITTSBURGH -- Afterwards, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence gathered the guys in the back of the clubhouse, and amid the champagne showers and laughter and bear hugs, he attempted to put the evening in context. "Well done!" he shouted. Whoops all around. "Another game at home in the playoffs!" Still more whoops.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @McClain_on_NFL: @richardjustice Title game? You're the 147th person he says he's taking. He 'll have to rent a 747!

Oct 22, 2014

Tim LIncecum may have found himself a significant role in this World Series, moving in front of Machi and Strickland as setup man.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JeffPassan: Not sure why I like this so much, but thought Lincecum and umps during God Bless America alone on field looked cool.

Oct 22, 2014

Drayton says if Baylor makes national title game I'll be his special guest. Ha ha ha ha. Take that, @McClain_on_NFL and charge!

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SeanCablinasian: If you're a Houstonian, you know my buddy @awexler. Just a really good heartfelt piece here on @CSNHouston by him..…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @jluhnow: It's been a privilege working with the CSN Houston folks... thanks for all the hard work and quality journalism.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @KSherringtonDMN: @richardjustice Julian Read started out as sportswriter for Fort Worth Press under Blackie. Became Connally aide, was in JFK motorcade.

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