The Giants split two games on the road to start the seven-game series. After losing Game Three at home, they rallied to win twice, putting themselves up 3 games to 2, meaning they only had to win one of two games on the road to win the series. As the fans left the home park after the Game Five win, we felt confident that our time had finally come. But the Giants proceeded to lose the last two games, and the season was over.
It was 1987, and the opponents were the St. Louis Cardinals.
And now the Giants are 12 outs away from the same thing happening again. And, of course, they've had to create history in the process, as they did in the 1989 World Series when they suffered perhaps the biggest trouncing in Series history (losing all four games, never leading at any point in any game, which has only happened two other times in history, with an earthquake thrown into the mix). As the Angels came to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning of Game Six, down by a score of 5-0 and three games to two, just nine outs from losing the Series to the Giants, they were up against history themselves: no team in baseball history had ever won a "do or die" World Series game after trailing by five runs. So naturally, they won, allowing the Giants, already holders of the Worst Trouncing in World Series History, to also take the title of Biggest Choke Job in World Series History.