(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The empty champagne bottle sitting in the clubhouse as players passed by on their way to the showers was the only remaining sign of the celebration of a few nights earlier, when the San Francisco Giants somehow found their way into the World Series.
There would be no celebration on this night, because the Giants understand better than anyone that a 1-0 lead in the World Series doesn't guarantee anything. Not even when it's done in the most improbable manner on the backs of a couple of former postseason castoffs, one of whom made baseball history with three swings of the bat.
The pitcher and the Panda couldn't have been a more unlikely combination, though by now it's hard to be surprised by anything with these Giants. What other team, after all, could start one former Cy Young winner, then put in another when the first finally ran out of the adrenaline that even at its peak could only get him 85 mph on his fastball?