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2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Collection
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The San Francisco Giants are 2014 World Series Champions!
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2014 MLB League Championship Preview

2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Collection

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After another thrilling season of baseball, fans witnessed the legends of the game finish out their career, heartbreaking upsets that crushed playoff hopes, and the emergence of a new MLB dynasty with the San Francisco Giants winning their third Fall Classic in the last five years. Although the 2014 World Series title has been claimed and baseball is in the midst of the off-season, memories of the San Francisco Giants’ championship win will not be soon forgotten.

En route to winning their third World Series championship in five seasons, the Giants managed to earn a Wild Card spot and take down the Pirates, Nationals, Cardinals, and then end the Royals’ Cinderella story for the title. During the long and trying championship series, San Francisco finally closed out Kansas City with a 3-2 victory courtesy of pitching ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 7. Bumgarner was named 2014 World Series MVP for leading the Giants to the win, pitching five flawless innings and two outs in the final inning.

As baseball’s newest dynasty, collectors should look to add sports memorabilia signed by the World Series champions to their collection before these Giants players’ autographs skyrocket in value. Meanwhile, Giants fans can commemorate their team’s biggest win yet and honor their favorite players with unique 2104 World Series memorabilia. Check out some of the best-selling San Francisco Giants memorabilia from the Fanatics Authentic Exclusive 2014 World Series Championship collection, below!

  • Madison Bumgarner Autographed 2014 World Series Last Out Photo

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  • Pablo Sandoval Autographed World Series Baseball

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  • San Francisco Giants Dynasty Plague

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  • Signed Madison Bumgarner World Series Jerseybumgarnerjersey
  • Bruce Bochy Signed Three-Time World Series Champs Ball

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  • Autographed Madison Bumgarner World Series Spotlight Photo

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  • Limited Edition 2014 World Series Champions Collage

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  • San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series Baseball Display Case

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  • Buster Posey Autographed Bat with 2014 World Series Champs Inscription

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  • Madison Bumgarner Signed World Series Trophy Photo

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  • Madison Bumgarner Signed Baseball with 2014 World Series Champs Inscription

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  • Autographed Madison Bumgarner World Series MVP Jersey

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  • Signed Buster Posey Photos with 2014 World Series Champions Inscription

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The San Francisco Giants are 2014 World Series Champions!

fa-2014wschampsAlthough it was the first time in almost 30 years that the Royals reached the championship, there would be no Cinderella ending to the 2014 World Series. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 crushing their high hopes of ending their championship drought and taking home their third championship in five seasons.

Despite being named top dog in the MLB once again, the Giants journey to the World Series was not an easy one. After getting off to a hot start, the Giants saw themselves lose ground in the NL West standings around the midway point of the season. Their cross-state rival Los Angeles Dodgers team quickly emerged as the immediate favorite to win the division and possibly the pennant with a loaded pitching staff highlighted by Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw.

As the season progressed and the Dodgers continued as favorites for the title, the San Francisco Giants did what they do best; win when it matters most. San Francisco won 14 games in the month of September to secure one of the two NL Wild Card spots. The Giants handed the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-0 beating in the Wild Card play-in game to earn a best-of-five match-up against the Washington Nationals. Winning against the Nationals would not be nearly as easy as beating the Pirates, considering all three of the Giants’ NLDS victories were only by one run. Sealing a series win over Washington, San Francisco advanced to yet another National League Championship Series against the consistently dominant St. Louis Cardinals. During what seemed like it would be a tight series surprisingly ended in only five games, capped off by a Game Five Travis Ishikawa walk-off home run.

fa-wsbumgarnerNext up for the Giants was a World Series match-up against the Kansas City Royals, a team that had not seen the championship, let alone the postseason, since 1985. After six hard fought games that saw both blowout victories and crushing defeats, San Francisco and Kansas City would require seven games to determine a champion. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson was pulled from the game before completing two innings on the mound, causing the Giants bullpen to have to carry the weight of the team if they wanted to be crowned champions. Luckily for San Francisco, they had a man on their pitching staff by the name of Madison Bumgarner who was ready to win his team a World Series off of only two days rest. The Giants ace was spectacular in Game Seven, pitching five flawless innings of two hit baseball. Bumgarner got Kansas City pitcher Salvador Perez to pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, sealing the 2014 World Series in the name of the San Francisco Giants.

Celebrate the Giants 2014 World Series win forever and preserve baseball history with a can’t miss selection of San Francisco Giants World Series Champion memorabilia. Add value to your sports room or collection and commemorate your favorite 2014 World Series champs. Be sure to check out our exclusive World Series collectibles, with pieces ranging from Buster Posey signed bats to celebratory plaques featuring game-used baseballs and everywhere in between.

2014 MLB League Championship Preview

Fanatics_BusterPoseyOctober is here and the competition in the MLB is seriously heating up with just four teams remaining in the running for the 2014 World Series title. The League Championship Series kicks off on Friday with an American League battle between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals, while a heated National League rematch between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants begins on Saturday. With these two match-ups, the League Championship Series caters to every baseball fan’s desires with the ALCS featuring a tale of two small market franchises that look to take home their first title in around 30 years and the NLCS boasting a longtime rivalry between two teams that have completely dominated the National League for the last 5 years.

Neither competitor in the National League Championship Series is a stranger to this round of October play, considering the Cardinals prepare to compete in the NLCS for their fourth straight year with the Giants making their third appearance in five years. A rivalry has developed between these two MLB teams that have consistently fought for the past five seasons, as the 2014 World Series marks the fifth consecutive years that either San Francisco or St. Louis will represent the National League in the championship. After winning their division with a 90-72 record and eliminating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers from the playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to seek retribution for a loss at last year’s World Series and look to claim their ninth NL pennant since 2000. Led by pitching ace Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals have depth on the pitching mound, reliable sluggers in Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Carpenter, and home field advantage for a slight upper hand in this series. As for the Cardinals opponent, it’s been a slightly magical journey to the NLCS for the San Francisco team that finished second in their division with an 88-74 record. After a dominating 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Giants then eliminated the Washington Nationals from the postseason in just four games. Buster Posey as a threat at the plate coupled with Pablo Sandoval’s notorious postseason heroics, the San Francisco Giants have the offensive power to shut down the Cardinal’s robust pitching staff, as well as a key playmaker in pitcher Tim Lincecum that could lead the team to its third World Series in the last five years. Considering both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have a similar playing style with a history of recurrent success in the playoffs, the NLCS couldn’t be more evenly matched and this match-up will definitely be long, low-scoring, and quite exciting.

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Meanwhile, for the American League Championship Series, both the Royals and the Orioles shocked baseball by remaining in the postseason through October. In addition to being two underdog teams, both Kansas City and Baltimore are yearning for their first championship since the 1980’s as teams that recorded the first and second most losses in the American League since 2000. Although these two teams have different strengths, each also has opposite weaknesses, that will provide for an interesting ALCS. While the Royals led the majors in stolen bases, the Orioles had the fewest, whereas Baltimore topped the league in home runs and Kansas City hit fewest. As the MLB’s biggest threat at bat, the Orioles have significant strength behind the plate with MLB home run leader Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones who is just getting on a roll, coupled with a strong defensive game. On the other hand, the Royals also have a solid game on both sides of the ball with an aggressive base running scheme and an outfield that has a knack for impressive catches, but a slightly stronger pitching rotation. Both National League contenders also swept their division series on their journey to the League Championship, but with home field advantage, the Baltimore Orioles have the huge benefit of kicking off the series at Camden Yards. Similar to their National League counterparts, the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals match-up should provide a long and interesting series, but instead, throughout this series MLB fans will be rooting for both teams to win.

Considering the League Championship Series offers two entirely different match-ups, one between a storied rivalry and another that pits two underdog teams against each other, this round of play is just a preview to what will set up for one of the most exciting World Series Championships in recent baseball history. Baseball fans, gear up for two exciting series between the four remaining postseason contenders because the road to the 2014 World Series is long and trying.

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