GLENDALE — It took Freddy Sanchez the first 10 years of his Major League Baseball career to experience playoff baseball. Now that he's in the postseason, he's certainly making the most of it.
The Burbank High graduate and Glendale Community College alum had three hits Saturday night in Game Six of the 2010 National League Championship Series to help the San Francisco Giants continue their magical postseason run with a 3-2 pennant-clinching win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
"We're going to the World Series. It's unbelievable. It's just amazing," Sanchez said in a postgame interview. "You get a lot of people — family, friends — telling us we give them a heart attack with these games. You know, I think we've been prepared for these games. We've had them all year. We'll see what happens, but we're just excited to be here."
San Francisco will host the Texas Rangers in the opening game of the World Series at 4:57 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, making Sanchez the first local to appear in the Fall Classic since Glendale native and St. Francis High graduate Gregg Zaun helped the Florida Marlins win it all in 1997.