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Back to the Series (3rd in 5 yrs)

This journeyman first baseman and pinch hitter had toiled in the minor leagues and started the season with another team. At one point earlier in the year had seriously considered hanging up the glove and walking away from baseball for good. However, by the end of the 2014 season he and his new team found themselves one run away from a trip to the World Series. In an unprecedented show of confidence, he turned on a 2-0 four seam fastball that hurtled in at 96mph. The ball jumped off the bat and sailed through the crisp air of that October night, sending the City by the Bay back to the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 years. Playmaker: Jack R.