The Tigers & Cardinals had faced off in the WS before, in 1934, 1968 and 2006.
The defending champion Cardinals had a 3 games to 1 lead in the NLCS. It looked like another Tigers/Cards meeting was imminent.
But it’s not.
The San Francisco Giants won a Game 7 for the first time in their history (going back to NY), and will be facing the Detroit Tigers in the WS.
For the Giants, it’s been one heck of a ride. Down 0-2 to the Cincinnati Reds, they came back. Down 1-3 to the Cardinals, they came back.
So there will still be only 3 NL teams to go back-to-back as WS Champs (the 1907-1908 Cubs, who haven’t won since, the 1921-1922 NY Giants and the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds).
The only thing that bugs me a little is that much of the Giants success early in the season was due to Melky Cabrera (.346-11-60 in 113 games) and that he was the All-Star Game MVP, helping to give the NL home field advantage. Melky, of course, was then busted for PEDs and got the 50-game suspension. That kind of taints things.