1 Freddy Sanchez helps Giants win World Series: For the first time since 1997, when Gregg Zaun helped the Florida Marlins win it all, Glendale was represented by a local player in the Fall Classic, and represented well.
For even casual fans tuning into San Francisco's five-game win over the Texas Rangers for its first title since 1954, Sanchez was hard to miss. The former Glendale Community College standout, who also attended Burbank High, started every game of the series at second base and had some timely hits and quality at-bats out of the No. 2 batting slot.
"This is unbelievable. It's indescribable," Sanchez told ESPN after going one for four in the title-clinching 3-1 win at Texas on Nov. 1. "Every night we had a different hero. ...Our pitching, they did it all year and they did it this whole postseason."
When the Giants traded for Sanchez more than halfway through the 2009 season, it was understood he was expected to set the table offensively and solidify the defense up the middle.