How Giants' starting pitchers were offended by 2012 World Series graphic
How Vogelsong, Giants pitcher were offended by 2012 WS graphic originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Giants made it easy for the Detroit Tigers during the 2012 World Series, defeating the AL champion in four games.
For a team that included Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, losing in four games came as a surprise; However, the Tigers may have to blame a FOX Sports graphic that provided bulletin board footage to San Francisco.
When the 2012 Giants World Series team was honored at Oracle Park on Saturday ahead of their 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, many stories about the legendary fall run surfaced almost a decade ago.
Former Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic ahead of the ceremony and was asked about the double tick advantage that FOX Sports' graphic gave the Tigers' starting rotation over the Giants.
"Well, you know, down in our dugout over here," Vogelsong told Pavlovic. “Well, bullpens underneath so the TV is always in the game feed. I remember standing there in that little tunnel before Game 1 and that came and I saw that and I just remember being like, 'Oh, really?'"
Additionally, Vogelsong recalled discussing the visuals with Madison Bumgarner, former Giants starting pitcher, who also used it as a motivation prior to Game 1 against the Tigers.
"I think [Bumgarner] was standing next to me because Barry [Zito] pitched," added Vogelsong. "And I said, 'See that?' And he said, 'Yes, I see it.' We resented it because we knew how good we were.
“We knew what we had done all year, what we had done the previous year and we knew how good we were, but we knew nobody else knew how good we were because we were a West Coast team are."
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The series would eventually see Detroit's beginning battle of rotation as Verlander posted an 11.25 ERA while Max Scherzer posted a 4.26 ERA in the four-game sweep. Meanwhile, Bumgarner and Vogelsong each had 0.00 ERAs, and the head-scratching visuals may have played some role in motivating their respective performances.
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