Amy and I were all SF Giants all day! She covered players and the team’s departure for Kansas City – I went to SFO to catch fans headed to the midwest for Game 6!
by Amy Hollyfield and Nick Smith
Updated 38 mins ago
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The San Francisco Giants have boarded their team buses and are flying out to Kansas City, where they hope to bring home their third World Series trophy in five years. They are energized after a commanding win in Game 5 Sunday night at AT&T Park.
The Giants had a police escort to San Francisco International Airport, where three planes were prepped to take 600 people — executives, players, and their families — to Kansas City.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was one of the first to arrive at AT&T Park on Monday morning. Soon thereafter, players like Madison Bumgarner, Michael Morse, Brandon Crawford, and Hunter Pence arrived.
Fans lined the sidewalks around AT&T Park; some yelled out to the players, telling them thanks for a great year and wishing them luck. Fans tells us they just know the team will come back as World Series champions.
“It’s awesome just seeing them come in, you know, in their cars,” said San Francisco resident Voltair Villanueva. “They’re just like you and me, and that’s what makes this team so awesome, they’re just like you and me in that they’re not driving big extravagant cars. They’re just rolling up in a taxi. It’s like, wow, they’re just walking up to the ballpark. That’s awesome.”
Giants CEO Larry Baer tells ABC7 News that the mood on the plane will be very businesslike. There will be a little sleep, but mainly people will be quiet and getting mentally prepared. He says they know they’re going into a tough environment, they’ve been there before for the first two games, and they say it was loud. When asked why they didn’t leave Sunday night so they could practice Monday night, he said they want to keep the team on their body clock, with their usual sleep rhythm. They wanted them to be with their families and get a good night sleep. He added that the team’s feeling a bit nostalgic, since there are no more games left at AT&T Park. But that there’s not time to feel sad or sentimental yet, right now they’re focused on clinching the title.When asked what the team’s plans might be for a parade, he said they don’t talk about that and they’re just focusing on the next game or two.Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominates Game 5
San Francisco Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner had a dominating performance in Game 5.
Bumgarner allowed no runs and only four hits, striking out eight Kansas City batters. He frustrated batters all night with his amazing command until the final pitch.
Pablo Sandoval fielded a grounder to third for the last out of the game.
At only 25 years old, Bumgarner becomes the first since 2003 to pitch a complete game shutout in a World Series game. He is now one of the most dominant pitchers ever in the history of the fall classic, winning all four starts, giving up just 12 hits and one run in 31 innings against three teams.