In the end, it didn’t matter how it happened or where it happened. Just that it happened.
Thanks to an event occurring 2,000 miles away, the Giants clinched a National League wild-card spot 6½ hours before Yusmeiro Petit threw Thursday’s first pitch. It wasn’t the preferred route to the postseason, but it got the Giants to October baseball nonetheless.
They still have a long way to go if they want to win another world championship ring. Fist they will have to win a do-or-die wildcard game. Then they will have to win a divisional series. After that comes the National League championship series. If they survive that they will have to face the winner of the American League championship in the World Series.
They have done it before, except the last two times they won the NL west and didn’t have to play a wildcard game.
In Major League Baseball ten teams enter the playoffs each year, and nine of those teams lose their last game. That other team gets to celebrate being the champs.
If you like reality television it doesn’t get any better than the playoffs. The hottest team wins it all. Sometimes the hottest team is also the best team, but sometimes it’s the team that stumbled ass-first into the post-season.
It really doesn’t matter how you get there, it’s what you do when you arrive.