It was a postseason for the ages: records were broken, games were postponed, and fans patiently waited in rain-soaked stadiums.
But it was all worth it to get to the culmination of the MLB season that is the World Series.
With the teams now chosen, the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers are ready to face off on baseball’s biggest stage.
Very few would have expected that when the playoffs began, it would be these two teams left standing.
However, what has proven to be the decisive factor in turning each teams' World Series dreams into reality is their wealth of Latino talent.
The Detroit Tiger’s Miguel Cabrera set extremely high standards before the postseason even began, winning one of baseball’s most coveted and elusive titles, the Triple Crown.
The Venezuelan native became the first Latino, and first player in 45 years, to earn the title with his .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs.
"I told him that a Latino winning the Triple Crown is as impressive as having a black president," comedian George Lopez said during his visit with the Tigers on Saturday.
Maintaining this high level of performance in his team’s ALCS victory, Cabrera will pose a serious threat to the Giants.
His diversity as a player, being able to play both infield and outfield positions, coupled with his offensive power makes Cabrera a force to be reckoned with.
This will be Cabrera’s first time at the World Series since his first appearance as a 20-year-old with the Florida Marlins 9 years ago.
The Tigers’ are betting on Cabrera to help the team win their first World Series pennant since 1984, just like we able to do with the Marlins’ all those years ago.
Not alone when it comes to his team’s Latino talent, Cabrera will also need the help of his fellow Latino teammates José Valverde, Omar Infante, and Avisail García.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
If there was a Cinderella story of the MLB postseason, it would be the San Francisco Giants.
Coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS, the Giants surprised even their toughest critics.
Instrumental to the team’s success is Marco Scutaro, the Venezuelan ballplayer newly minted as the NLCS MVP.
With a .500 batting average this postseason, Scutaro tied the league championship series record with 14 hits.
A trade deadline acquisition for the Giants from the Colorado Rockies, it took a while for Scutaro to find his place within the team.
But once he did, offensively, Scutaro was unstoppable.
Setting career highs since joining the Giants Scutaro came through for his team in the clutch on more than one occasion.
As the Giants look to win their second World Series title in three years, the team won the Championship in 2010, they are relying on their Latino talent that includes not only Scutaro but closer Sergio Romo, third baseman Pablo “Panda” Sandoval, and outfielders Ángel Pagán and Xavier Nady.
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