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The Special Giants campaign is coming to an unwanted end

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Only the giants themselves foresaw a successful campaign like this.

No one else gave them a chance in the NL West, which in recent years has been dominated by world title holders Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Diego Padres, another team in the division, had several young stars and were considered the favorites for the pre-season pennant.

San Francisco was the team to win the division title, something they haven’t done since 2012. On the final day of the season, the Giants did just that, defeating the Dodgers, who saw eight straight wins.

San Francisco had a franchise record – 107 wins versus 106 Dodgers. But the Giants’ surprising season came to an abrupt end on Thursday, when they fell in the crucial fifth game of the division series, to their staunch rival Los Angeles.

“The lack of selfishness this team has shown throughout the year and the mutual trust is unmatched. It’s the best season I’ve been in as a player or coach, in any position in baseball,” said coach Gabe Kapler. . I’ve never seen anything like it. This is the best”.

During the winter, there will be more opportunities to reflect on achievements. Right now, the reality is sad.

“This club is so special because it is filled with the guys you love as lifelong friends,” said multi-functional player Darren Rove. “When you go into the field with them, they all support you and you know it. They all go in the same direction and support you. We’ve seen examples of this all year long. If one boy fell another came.”

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The 107-55 record posted an impressive 29-31 recovery for the team in a season cut short by the pandemic. That was Kepler’s first year at the helm.

But eliminating Dodgers will take time to digest.

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