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Duane Kuiper reveals his most underrated Giant from World Series runs

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Players like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and many more come to mind when remembering the Giants' three World Series teams in 2010, 2012 and 2014. 

Don't forget the unsung heroes, though. Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper certainly hasn't. 

While baseball has hit the pause button during the coronavirus pandemic, KNBR's Brian Murphy remembered some of the most underrated Giants during the World Series era: Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and Freddy Sanchez all made the list. Kuiper believes all three were invaluable to winning rings, but none of those names topped his list.

That honor belongs to Yusmeiro Petit. 

"The guy that saved them was Yusmeiro Petit," Kuiper said Tuesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show." "It was time and time again where they needed somebody to eat up two or three innings or, like the game in Washington, eat up six.

"He did it all the time. He did it in games where they were out of it. He did it in games where they were very much in it."

After two years out of the majors, the Giants signed Petit before the 2012 season. That ended up being a steal. Petit only pitched one game in 2012 -- none in the postseason -- but was manager Bruce Bochy's perfect do-it-all weapon in 2014. 

Petit didn't allow a single run over nine innings between the NLDS and NLCS that postseason. He even threw six shutout innings out of the bullpen during the Giants' marathon 18-inning road win over the Washington Nationals in the division series. 

 

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Petit actually signed with the Nationals following the 2015 season and then the Los Angeles Angels for 2017. He has spent the last two years with the A's. Kuiper always will remember him as a Giant but is happy he still is close by.

"He's done a really nice job pitching for Bob Melvin," Kuiper said. 

Petit doesn't don orange and black anymore, though he clearly fits the bill as a Forever Giant.