Giants pinch themselves after winning pennant

The Giants won the pennant. Yes, they actually did.

And for a brief moment Saturday night, even the Giants players themselves seemed to stagger beneath the implications of the accomplishment.

What in the world did this merry bunch of misfits just do?

Then the Giants just started yelling and didn't stop for a long, long time.

"Let me touch this thing!" first baseman Aubrey Huff shouted as the National League championship trophy paraded by in the chaotic clubhouse. "Let me touch it!"

He touched it, held it up, got doused by a second, third and fourth flood of champagne, and the clubhouse exploded again and again in joy and relief.

The Giants came back to beat the Phillies, 3-2, in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and they won the pennant.

This band of underdog, light-hitting journeymen, rookies and role players is going to the World Series, and there's nothing anybody can do about it now.

The Giants won the pennant. The Giants won the pennant.

And yes, they went crazy - certifiably, piercingly, deservedly crazy.

"We're going to the World Series, that's unbelievable," second baseman Freddy Sanchez said, in a bit of a daze. "It's just amazing."

The Giants won the pennant, but not without expending every last ounce of energy, dollop of imagination, bead of sweat and nerve of their fan base.

True to the nature of this fascinating season, of course, it did not come easy, could not come easy and had to occur by way of another all-time classic playoff game.

"This team's been tested all year," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We lose [Game 5] in San Francisco and everybody was saying, well, we're in trouble . . .

"But we found a way to get 'em done." *