PLUS! Original contributions by: Jeremy Affeldt, Brandon Crawford, Mike Krukow, Hunter Pence, Sergio Romo, Brian Sabean, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong, and Barry Zito
In 2012, the San Francisco Giants treated baseball fans to an epic run through the playoffs, capped by a stunning World Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers. In One Common Goal, the Giants reward their fans with an exceptional hardcover keepsake that delivers an exclusive look inside a roller coaster season that ended the way everyone had hoped-but no one could have predicted.
After winning the 2010 World Series-San Francisco's first since the team moved west in 1958-the Giants failed to make the postseason in 2011. The struggles continued in 2012, as every Giants success-the return of Buster Posey, Matt Cain's perfect game, All Star Game heroics-was countered by a trying setback-star closer Brian Wilson's season-ending injury, Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum's confounding struggles, breakout star Melky Cabrera's suspension.
Many so-called experts wrote the Giants off, especially after the rival Dodgers pulled off the biggest blockbuster trade in history. But the Giants players banded together and the fans never lost faith, and the Giants steamrolled through September, proving that individual statistics are no match for team chemistry.
Never was this more evident than in the postseason. When the going got tough, the tough got Giant, winning six elimination games to vanquish the Cincinnati Reds then the St. Louis Cardinals en route to a highly anticipated clash with the favored Detroit Tigers. Having had their fill of playing catch up, the Giants romped, sweeping the Tigers in decisive and dramatic fashion to win San Francisco's second World Series title in three years.
One Common Goal is the Giants official treasury of the historic 2012 season. Presented through the eyes and insights of players, broadcasters, and executives who lived the dream firsthand, One Common Goal is the one must-have commemorative book for Giants fans who believed in the unthinkable and long to look back and revel in a season that can only be explained as destiny calling.
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