MVP Renteria admired by teammates
Veteran shortsop came up big for Giants in World Series
Veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria, who played through various injuries during the season, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 World Series after batting .412 with two home runs and six RBIs.
"You know, he's a guy all the players look up to," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. "Once we got to that point, I knew I wanted to turn it over to him and put Juan [Uribe] at third base. That was our best club. I couldn't have two better guys on the left side of the infield, the way they play, their experience, their composure. It's all about winning with them."
Brian Wilson hits Tonight Show: Brian Wilson has been booked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday.
"It'll be legendary," Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News.
Asked if he would also do the Late Show with David Letterman, Wilson responded: "Only MVPs do that."
On a serious note, Wilson talked about extra motivation he and his teammates had in the World Series.
"It's been storybook all year. We had to win this one, because of the guys that come into our locker room all the time that never got to experience one [in San Francisco]. Willie Mays, McCovey, guys that we get spoiled to see on a daily basis. This one's for them."
Huff itching to see a parade: The city of San Francisco will host a parade for the World Series champion Giants. Pat Burrell, who won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008, advised teammates that the parade is one of the perks of winning.
"It is not going to fully sink in until we get back to San Francisco, see the fans and go through that parade, which I can't wait to see," Aubrey Huff told the San Jose Mercury News. "Pat Burrell told me, 'You wait, Huffy, that'll be the biggest thing about winning the World Series, when you see the fans at the parade.' I cannot wait."
Posey appreciative of Giants' history: When the Giants put the finishing touches on their World Series win, they became the first team in San Francisco history to claim the Series and the first team in Giants' franchise history to win the title since the 1954 New York Giants. The historical nature of the achievement wasn't lost on 23-year-old Buster Posey.
"It's crazy to think with all the great baseball players who have come through San Francisco, there hasn't been a World Series championship," Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"The beautiful thing about the organization is, you've got guys like Will Clark here. You've got J.T. Snow here. You've got Shawon Dunston here. When we get back to San Francisco, we'll have Willie Mays and Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry. The list goes on and on. It's so humbling to have won the first World Series in San Francisco. It's unbelievable."
Lincecum's 'gamer' status reinforced: Tim Lincecum turned in a dominating performance in Game 5 of the World Series. He allowed just three hits and one run in eight innings and struck out 10 batters to win his fourth game of the postseason. He became just the 15th pitcher in Major League history to record that feat.
"It's called being a gamer," teammate Buster Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Walk into the clubhouse today and the guy's as loose as he can be, joking around, same old Timmy. He had no idea he had an opportunity to go out and win Game 5 of the World Series and win us a championship."
Bengie Molina relishes family time: Bengie Molina is looking forward to spending time with family rather than making an immediate decision about his future.
"Right now it's probably closer to not playing than yes," Molina told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I don't want to decide right now because then something could happen later on, and I come back. I just want to spend time with my family right now -- my mom, my wife and my kids. I'll spend time, and I'll make a decision."
Feliz still fits into role of closer: The Rangers don't plan to move 40-save closer Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation.
"He's our closer," general manager Jon Daniels told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I would expect he'll be our closer. Some guys at different points in their career go into the rotation. So, I would never close that door, but I'm expecting him to be our closer."
La Russa not surprised by Renteria: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wasn't the least bit surprised that Edgar Renteria came up big during the World Series.
"He's built such a well-deserved reputation over his career for taking the tough at-bat," St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Now he's proven it for the whole world to see."
Halladay dwells on the fun: Roy Halladay enjoyed the ride even though it fell stopped short of the World Series.
"It's definitely the most fun I've ever had," Halladay told MLB.com. "It's bittersweet. Obviously, the goal we had as a team, we came up short of that. That part is tough. But I think what we accomplished as a team, it's something I'll never forget. The whole year was a dream come true for me, really. Obviously, we would have loved to win it all, but it's hard to dwell on that after the year we had. I think there is so much good stuff that happened."
Chen hopeful of return to Royals: Bruce Chen, who posted a 12-7 record with the Royals this season, is open to a return to the club.
"I would really like to be back," Chen told the Kansas City Star. "This organization gave me an opportunity when nobody else did. Let's see what happens."
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