Wild and wacky continues for World Series-bound Giants 

click to enlarge Michael Morse knocked a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning to tie the game for the Giants, who  defeated the Cardinals 4-1 in the NLCS. - AP PHOTO
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  • Michael Morse knocked a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning to tie the game for the Giants, who defeated the Cardinals 4-1 in the NLCS.

If you had Joe Panik in your home run drought-snapper pool ... LIAR!

If you had rusty Michael Morse hitting a pinch-hit homer to tie it up in the eighth ... LIAR!

And if you had Travis Ishikawa, released this summer by the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent to the minor leagues, where he contemplated hanging up his spikes, hitting a walk-off homer to give the Giants the 2014 National League pennant?

PANTS ON FIRE!

And yet it all made so much sense. Well, sort of. As is often the case, Hunter Pence got it right. The man simply has his finger on the pulse of this team, this city, this whole crazy vibe.

As the exuberant cauldron that was AT&T Park bubbled around him Thursday night, Pence first called what had just unfolded "movie-quality stuff." Then, catching himself, he amended: "You can't write this!"

No, you can't. You couldn't even imagine what happened happening. Had you written this and submitted it in Hollywood, not even the schmaltziest producer would've taken you up on it.

But that's how these Giants roll. They make the improbable not just probable. They make it happen.

Tim Hudson saw it from the other side in 2010. It's why he came to San Francisco is a free agent.

Ditto Morse, who saw it from afar in 2012.

And Jake Peavy? Well, he just plain lucked out. A week before he was sent to the Giants, he was certain he was about to be sent to St. Louis.

Now he's going to a different part of Missouri, for a date with the American League Team of Destiny.

Anyone have the Kansas City Royals ripping off eight consecutive victories on the way to the World Series in their first postseason appearance in 29 years?

You're a liar, too, but hey, as long as were trafficking in the ridiculous here ... go freaking nuts!

Admit it: As the Giants went into the bottom of the eighth, trailing by a run, you probably started thinking about 2012 and what the Giants did to the St. Louis Cardinals, storming back from a 3-1 NL Championship Series deficit.

Perfectly understandable. But also perfectly understandable would've been you thinking the Giants would pull off another stunner -- somehow, some way.

You probably had it happening on a wild pitch, a dropped fly ball in the outfield and a wild pitch. That's been the trend, and it would've been an apt ending.

But nobody becomes a champion without getting things done all on their own, and this was as good a time as any for the Giants to break through and get heroic in their own right.

Yes, the Cardinals provided a lot of assistance in this series. Nobody will deny that. But to say these Giants have been lucky this to undersell them in the biggest of ways.

They pitched, they played clean defense, they capitalized on their opponents' mistakes and, in the end, they finally did what they absolutely needed to do: They got the big hits.

It's officially a dynasty now. That's indisputable. Three World Series appearances in five years? Unheard of in this day and age.

But unheard of is something the Giants seem to relish. And that's the stone-cold truth.

Mychael Urban, a longtime Bay Area-based sportswriter and broadcaster, is the host of "Inside the Bigs," which airs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on KGMZ "The Game" (95.7 FM).

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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