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Mark Purdy: 18-inning triumph was Giants' moment of truth

Joe Panik, the Giants' second baseman, was basking in the champagne mist after Game 7 when someone reminded him that in June, he was playing minor league baseball in Fresno. "If you'd told me then where I'd be right now, I'd have said you were crazy," Panik said as he shook his head. If you had told the other Giants the same thing in June, they would likely have said the same thing. It is why this 2014 World Series title by the Giants is the most unlikely of the three they have won since 2010. The summer of 2014 was a frustrating and often depressing time for the Giants, when their fast start turned into a slog through patches of losing sludge and mediocrity....

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