Edgar Rings-eria! Series MVP is clutch again
In possible swan song, Giants shortstop delivers winning hit
ARLINGTON -- The soft-spoken shortstop whose season had been marred by injury and whose long career was clearly coming to a close suddenly spoke up that September day in Chicago.Edgar Renteria's Giants had just endured a shutout loss to the Cubs and were a half-game back of the Padres in the NL West, with 10 games left on the season slate. The 34-year-old Renteria could feel his teammates tensing up, could see their October dreams drifting off path. A 15-year career had taught him how to read the ebbs and flows of the season, and with his body aching and the clock ticking, he didn't want this opportunity to go to waste. "He got emotional with us and said that his career was closing down and he wanted another opportunity to do something special," injured teammate Mark DeRosa remembered. "His words, I think, resonated for hours with the guys. Because he's a man of few words." Few words, yes. But many big hits. We might have seen the last of Renteria on Monday night. But if this was, indeed, the end, as he has hinted so frequently in recent weeks, then he went out in the most magnificent way a player can -- a champion and a World Series MVP. Renteria's two-out, three-run home run off Cliff Lee in the top of the seventh inning of Game 5 of the Fall Classic silenced Rangers Ballpark and gave Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson all the backing they'd need in a 3-1 victory that brought San Francisco its first World Series title. It also capped a Series in which Renteria hit .412 (7-for-17) with two homers and six RBIs.
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