BURBANK — From Burbank High graduate to Glendale Community College standout to 2010 World Series champion.
Freddy Sanchez' nine-year Major League Baseball career, though it's featured a National League batting title and three All-Star appearances, no doubt reached the pinnacle on Monday evening, as his San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers, 3-1, in a decisive Game Five at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas to clinch the World ???Series.
The victory was the first for the Giants franchise since 1954 and the first ever since moving from New York to San Francisco.
"This is the ultimate high in baseball," said Giants??? catcher Buster Posey after the game.
Giants closer Brian Wilson notched the game-ending strikeout to begin the euphoric celebration on the infield.
Sanchez made a beeline for shortstop Edgar Renteria, who was named the World Series Most Valuable Player largely on the strength of his game-winning three-run home run in the seventh inning on Monday, as the middle infielders and third baseman Jose Uribe celebrated together before joining the mob around the mound.