Here we are. Part 2 of my 10-part series on the biggest things from 2010. Here’s the second category:
2010’s Most Stunning Champion
The nominees are:
1. Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals
2. San Francisco Giants over the Texas Rangers in the World Series
3. New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl
4. Texas Rangers win the AL Pennant against the New York Yankees
5. Alabama wins BCS Championship against Texas
Let’s break it down:
The Lakers won game 7 against the Celtics because Ron Artest showed offensive prowes for the first time in his career. The Giants made short work of the Rangers who were in the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The Saints turned the game on an onside kick right after halftime. The Rangers, winning the AL for the first time, did so in stunning fashion. Alabama knocked Colt McCoy out in the first quarter, to take over in the second half.
The winner is:
The Rangers beating the New York Yankees to win the American League pennant.
This was kind of a toss-up between the Rangers and the Saints, but the winner was definitely going to be a team that overcame odds to win their title. The Rangers had spent the 50 years prior to the 2010 season as the laughing stock of major league baseball : MLB’s equivalent of what the Dallas Mavericks were to the NBA prior to the arrival of Dirk Nowitzki. Moves for Benjie Molina, Cliff Lee, and Jeff Francour loaded the team’s talent as they won their division for the first time since 1999 with a 90-72 record. They managed to escape the Tampa Bay Rays (2008’s AL Champion) 3-2, then faced the defending World Series champion New York Yankees. After dispatching them 4-2, with the iconic last out of the series being former Ranger Alex Rodriguez striking out against MLB Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz, the Rangers were the best team in the American League for the first time in their history. Granted, they would fall 4-2 to the opportunistic San Francisco Giants in the World Series, they still had a historic run, and in Major League Baseball, in most instances, winning the league you represent is just as important as winning it all.