Fans labeled Marco Scutaro a super-sub in Oakland for all his fill-in roles. Others called him a Colorado castoff in July, and his new San Francisco Giants teammates nicknamed him ''Blockbuster'' for the often overlooked trade-deadline move.
Now he has a new title: NLCS MVP.
Scutaro tied the league championship series record with 14 hits to earn the honors, capping off his remarkable run with three singles and a walk in San Francisco's 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night in the decisive Game 7.
After several stops and bumps along the way, the 36-year-old has finally found a place where fans will know his name for years to come.
''As soon as you get traded, you kind of start thinking where you're going to live, your family, you have to pack,'' Scutaro said. ''I kind of thought I had a really good opportunity to make the playoffs with this team. We just started playing good, and here we are in the World Series....