The San Francisco Giants are back on top of the mountain in Major League Baseball. With a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals in World Series Game 7, they earned their third World Series championship in five seasons and their eighth in franchise history.  For the Giants, it was their toughest postseason road during this recent stretch of success. As the National League’s second wild-card team, they had to go through the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road just to make the NLDS. Once in the tournament, they eliminated the NL’s top two seeds, the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals, before running into baseball’s hottest team and best story, the Kansas City Royals, in the World Series.   The Giants won eight of nine World Series games in 2010 and 2012, but were pushed the limit by this resilient Royals squad. In fact, if not for a remarkable and gutty Series performance by Madison Bumgarner, it’s possible the championship flag would be flying in Kansas City for the first time since 1985. As it is, it’s time for Giants fans to celebrate again, while also reflecting on the many memorable moments and performances their champions provided along the way. And it’s with that in mind that we present the most important, interesting or just plain fun moments from another Giant October.  MADISON BUMGARNER’S POSTSEASON DOMINANCE San Francisco’s run through October literally begins and ends with Madison Bumgarner. In the win-or-go-home NL wild-card game, he limited the Pirates to four hits in a complete game shutout. In World Series Game 7, he took the ball two days after pitching another complete game shutout in Game 5, and delivered five scoreless innings of relief. Bumgarner finishes the postseason with an MLB record 52 2/3 innings pitched, a 0.43 ERA, and was quite rightly named World Series MVP. * * * BRANDON BELT’S 18TH ININNG HOMER IN NLDS GAME 2 No game personified San Francisco’s resilience better than Game 2 against the Washington Nationals. Down 1-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the ninth inning, the Giants pushed across the tying run on Pablo Sandoval’s double. What would have been among the fastest games in this postseason, ended up as the longest postseason game in history at six hours, 23 minutes. Finally, in the 18th inning, Brandon Belt came through with the go-ahead homer that eventually gave San Francisco a 2-0 series lead.  * * * WILD PITCH GIVES GIANTS EDGE IN NLDS GAME 4 The Washington Nationals were a tough out even after dropping two at home. However, sloppy play in Game 4 opened the door and the Giants walked through to punch their NLCS ticket. After Bryce Harper tied the game with a seventh-inning homer off Hunter Strickland, San Francisco loaded the bases in the bottom half and scored the game-winner on Aaron Barrett’s wild pitch. * * * HUNTER PENCE’S SPEECHES Hunter Pence’s motivational speeches after each round have become a postseason staple in San Francisco. Not always suitable for young audiences, Pence gets in the moment and says what’s on his mind, as random as it may be. Pence himself doesn’t always know what the intended message was, but his teammates love it and the Giants can’t lose in October. Why change now? * * * * * * GIANTS WALKOFF ON ERROR IN NLCS GAME 3 In a pivotal Game 3, the Giants blew an early four-run lead but pulled out a 5-4 victory in the tenth inning. St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt by Gregor Blanco and threw it down the right-field line, allowing Brandon Crawford to score the winner. * * * YUSMEIRO PETIT PROVIDES RELIEF Aside from a hiccup in World Series Game 6, Petit was lights out in important innings for Bruce Bochy. Petit logged six scoreless frames during extra-innings in NLDS Game 2. He returned with a three-inning scoreless stint in NLCS Game 4, which allowed San Francisco to rally and win, and then another in their World Series Game 4 victory, running his scoreless streak to 12 innings. There was no single moment, but every out recorded by Petit was a big one. * * * TRAVIS ISHIKAWA’S PENNANT-CLINCHING HOMER A historic moment that paralleled perhaps the most famous moment in Giants franchise history. That being Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” in 1951. Ishikawa’s ninth-inning, three-run homer off Michael Wacha secured a 6-3 victory and made him the fourth player in MLB history to deliver a postseason pennant-clinching homer. * * * HUNTER PENCE STARTS WORLD SERIES WITH HOME RUN Hunter Pence hadn’t homered in the 2014 postseason, but he quickly changed that in Game 1 of the World Series, taking James Shields deep in the first inning. Pence’s two-run homer put the Giants up 3-0, a lead they would never relinquish. Pence went on to record a hit in all seven World Series games and finished the postseason hitting .333. * * * PABLO SANDOVAL MAKES POSTSEASON HISTORY Sandoval reached base in 16 out of 17 postseason games, including four times in World Series Game 7. Sandoval actually started both of their run-scoring rallies in the clincher. He was nicked on the elbow starting the second inning and later scored on Michael Morse’s sacrifice fly. He reached on an infield single to start the fourth, and scored what would prove to be the difference-making run on Morse’s single. He added an opposite-field single against Kelvin Herrera in the sixth and a double off Wade Davis in the eighth, giving him an MLB-record 26 hits this postseason. * * * THE FINAL OUT There’s no more satisfying feeling than recording a World Series clinching out, especially in a winner-take-all Game 7. Fittingly for San Francisco, World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was the man who threw the decisive pitch, and postseason legend Pablo Sandoval was the man who gloved Salvador Perez’s popup. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. …

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message “Go Royals” — the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. The Royals have been underdogs from the start against their fellow wild card team from San Francisco, but are now rated slight favorites to beat a Giants team gunning for their third World Series title in five years. Kansas City is in the postseason for the first time in 29 years, since Hall of Famer George Brett, now a Royals vice president of baseball operations, led the team to the 1985 title in a Game Seven win over intra-state rival St. Louis Cardinals.

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By Brett Wolf ST LOUIS Missouri (Reuters) – It was a magical night as the St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered some of the mighty mojo that carried the team to a World Series championship in 2011. A night when it seemed another prolific home run hitter had been born. It was Oct. 12, the top of the seventh inning in Game Two of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) when Oscar Taveras hit what would be his last major league home run and only post-season homer – a line drive to right field that would bring the capacity crowd at Busch Stadium to their feet. …

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Yordano Ventura honored his close friend Oscar Tavares the best way he could. With the initials of the late Cardinals outfielder scrawled on his hat, the Kansas City Royals’ rookie flamethrower mowed down the hot-hitting Giants on Tuesday night. Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings in a 10-0 rout of San Francisco that forced a deciding Game 7. ”If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me and very proud,” said Ventura, who also inscribed ”RIP” and Taveras’ minor league jersey number on his cap.

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Now that we’re preparing for a World Series Game 7 , now that the 2014 World Series has been pushed to its limit, things make a lot more sense. All along, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals seemed like two teams that were very evenly matched. Plus, they both have a notable history in Game 7s. The Royals won a Game 7 in 1985 to capture their first, last and only World Series (they won Games 6 and 7 at home too). The Giants, meanwhile, will be playing in their fifth Game 7. They’re 0-4 in those previous games, dating back to their first Game 7 in 1912. Their most recent loss was 2002 against the Angels. That’s not the only way history is against the Giants. A road team hasn’t won a World Series Game 7 since 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates did it. Past Game 7 performances, though, aren’t a valid indication of anything that will happen during Wednesday’s contest. They’re just fun to examine. So if we’re going to talk Game 7 history, we figured we should also look back at some of the most memorable Game 7s throughout history. This will be the 37th World Series Game 7 in MLB history and the first since 2011 when the Cardinals beat the Rangers. There have been a number of great ones over the years, but we picked memorable ones. This isn’t a ranked list. Just seven that we remind you about as the Royals and Giants prepare to tussle one last time.

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Even as he pitched in a must-win game of the World Series, Yordano Ventura’s thoughts were never far from Oscar Taveras on the day his friend was buried. Ventura scattered three hits and struck out four over seven shutout innings Tuesday to spark the Kansas City Royals over San Francisco 10-0 and level Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven final at three wins each. The 23-year-old Dominican rookie right-hander dedicated his victory to Taveras, the 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic and who was buried just hours before the game in his homeland. “If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him and he would be very happy for me and very proud,” Ventura said through a translator.

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There was a moment of silence before Game 6 of the World Series to honor Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in an automobile accident last weekend in the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old Taveras, who made his big league debut this season, was buried earlier Tuesday in a funeral attended by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak. Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who was close friends with Taveras from their days in the minor leagues, paid tribute to the late outfielder by writing ”RIP O.T” on his blue cap. Ventura also wrote ”(hash)18,” the number that Taveras wore when he played in the minors.

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – A moment of silence for Oscar Taveras will be observed prior to Tuesday’s Game Six of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball said. Taveras, considered one of baseball’s most promising prospects as an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. …

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SOSUA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Thousands of people in the Dominican Republic are attending the burial of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras.

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