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Do The San Francisco Giants Deserve To Win The World Series?

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Take it from your HuffPost SF editors: The answer is yes.

Yes, yes, a million times yes; the amazing, eclectic, humble comeback kids that make up our glorious orange and black all-star team deserve to ride the 2012 World Series to victory.

Of course, not everyone feels this way. Not even everyone in San Francisco. (Looking at you, dejected Tigers fans shuffling your feet outside Kezar Pub last Thursday.)

When it comes to pondering life's tough questions, what's more fun than a little friendly sparring? To help us determine which team is truly deserving of victory (coughtheGiantscough), we've called upon our top sports bloggers in San Francisco and Detroit to weigh in.

Read their arguments below, and add your voice to the conversation. May the best boys win!

(Go Giants!)


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Malaika Bobino Writer and sports enthusiast

A triple threat no more, the pressure has fallen on one.

In the off-season the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a multi-million dollar contact for the next nine years. Miguel Cabrera was awarded the 2012 Triple Crown. And the man, the myth, the legend Justin Verlander earned the title as the "best" pitcher in the Major Leagues.

Unfortunately, that will not win the Tigers a World Series. The San Francisco Giants have been here before. We all know that once you taste victory, it's hard to get it out of your mouth. Two years ago, the Giants won the World Series. They are back again.

The trio of the players that led the Tigers to this championship game have been almost absent when needed. The Giants, on the other hand, have overcome adversity on every level. Facing five elimination games, San Francisco was the first National League team to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the National League Division Series to beat the Cincinnati Reds. They also came back from being down 3-1 in the National League Championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

No other team in MLB has faced the number of problems that the Giants have: losing two players (Guillermo Mota and Melky Cabrera) to failed drug testing, countless injuries and a two-time Cy Young winner who was demoted from a starting pitcher to the bullpen. Yet through it all, the San Francisco Giants found their resiliency to fight their way back to the World Series.

And that mythological Detroit player who seemed invincible? He lost his command on the mound in Detroit's 8-3 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series. Verlander has been the key component to Detroit's wins thus far in the post-season and that showed during the game. The Tigers' three runs came from Johnny Peralta's two-run blast and Miguel Carbrera's RBI single.

Not much from the explosive offense that earned its spot as American League champions. This is why the Giants will win the World Series for the second time in two years.

Manager Bruce Bochy, who will be a lock for the Hall of Fame, keeps a level head all the time. His faith in his players has proven to be worthy when it counts.

One example is Brandon Crawford, who is among many to play in his first World Series as well as post-season games. Crawford was a rookie at the shortstop position who got his opportunity after Orlando Cabrera did not re-sign with the team. Though he struggled at first, Bochy believed he would be capable at the job and he prevailed.

Pablo Sandoval had been up and down with his numbers throughout the season and post-season, but found his niche during Game 1. He made post-season history by hitting three home runs to join legends like Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. Unlike Detroit, which depends on three guys (Cabrera, Fielder and Justin) to make magic for their team, the Giants are so unpredictable you may never know who will shine during the game.

Losing Closer Brian Wilson to an early injury during spring training led Sergio Romo to start in his place, and he has yet to disappoint. See, that's the beauty of this team -- they've been known in years past to play "torture" baseball. Anyone can step up and make contributions when it counts.

There are countless weapons on San Francisco's team that have yet to be unleashed on both defense and offense. The NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan, Sandoval, Crawford, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito and two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum -- just to name a few.

Detroit, face the facts: The better team to win the World Series is the Giants. So get ready to tip your hat to the men that will once again be crowned America's best team in the Major Leagues.

It's a seven-game series, but we all know the winner of the first game of the World Series has gone on to win the Fall Classic 66 times.

Lauren Cavanagh Detroiter, Sports Fanatic, Advertising Manager

You should want the Tigers to win the World Series.

If you are already a Tigers fan, then you probably need little convincing. Glad you're here. How about that crap-fest of a performance during Game 1, eh? Painful to watch. If you are NOT a Tigers fan, and you don't really know who to cheer for in this series, then shut up about these last two games! You don't know us!

So why should you want the Tigers to win? What a ridiculous question. Answer -- the Tigers are awesome. Not good enough for you? Looking for concrete reasoning? Fine then. We will first examine the most obvious reason to cheer for the Tigers: They are less frightening-looking than the Giants. This is based on purely biased and nonfactual opinion from, well, me. But come on, look at them. The Giants look like they should be cast as extras on Sons of Anarchy. They don't belong in a ballpark.

I know that really has nothing to do with which team is better, so let's get real here for a minute. You should want the Tigers to win it all because they are the only team, in all of baseball, who will reciprocate the love you give them. I know this sounds corny. But I truly believe that when the Tigers play, they are doing it for ME.

I'll be honest, sometimes the Tigers make me mad. Sometimes, I even get to a point where I might say "stop playing for me, because you are playing like garbage and now I am just pissed." But I have enough life experience to know that when you love something this much, it makes it easier to become angry when it lets you down. And I don't ever really get mad at them, they just make me emotional. But I never give up on them. And they somehow get the job done. How can you not love a team that never gives up?

And it's more than just love. This is an extremely talented team. I know that's a weak argument because the Giants are talented, also. We both have past Cy Young winners, we have both have MVP candidates, and we are both in the World Series. But we have the pleasure of having the CURRENT Cy Young and MVP. Oh and it's the same person. Oh and we have a Triple Crown winner. That last happened more than four decades ago. So I guess we beat you there, San Fran.

You should root for the Tigers for just one reason, and it's simply this: the element of surprise. You can't predict what move the skipper will make, or if Valverde will let in runs, or if Don Kelly will pinch hit and win the game (this actually happens). This is why I watch. This team just does stuff that you can't explain, and the craziest things happen. Delmon Young was the MVP of the ALCS for goodness sake. That alone should make you want to see this team win it all. Twenty bucks says you'll have to Google the guy who wins World Series MVP, cause you will have never heard of him.

I never thought we would be here. Maybe the Giants expect this kind of thing. They've been to the World Series recently. Good for them. But WE deserve this now. We are better. There I said it.

I'm just so proud of my team. And I have been there for them, every step of the way. Because they are ALWAYS there for me. Bless you boys.



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