When retiring Giants manager Bruce Bochy looks back on his career, his second World Series title still is hard to wrap his head around.
The Giants faced elimination six times in the 2012 playoffs, falling into a two-games-to-none hole in the NLDS and a three-games-to-one deficit in the NLCS. San Francisco needed to win on the road in five of those six games.
Bochy's club did just that, and he thinks it was more than enough to cement their legacy.
" still blows me away," Bochy told Amy Gutierrez in an interview that will air in an hourlong "Toast to Boch" on NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday night. "It really should make this team one of the greatest postseason teams of all time."
The Giants won three straight games at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati after falling behind two-games-to-none to the Reds in the NLDS, and then won two more at Busch Stadium in St. Louis while facing a three-games-to-none series deficit in the NLCS against the Cardinals. San Francisco hung by a thread early in Game 5 of the NLCS when oft-criticized lefty Barry Zito took the mound.
What Zito did next left Bochy with a lasting memory.
"But the Barry Zito game, that's probably what stands out with me more than anything," Bochy said. "... [Bases] loaded the first inning and nobody out. I've got the bullpen, double-barrel going down there. Next thing you know, he's in the seventh or eighth inning, shut 'em out. We won, and the momentum had just changed.
"What we did that year -- it still is mind-boggling. Those things don't happen, especially on the road how we had to do it."
Bochy and the Giants had a much easier time in the World Series itself. San Francisco won Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers behind another strong start from Zito, and the Giants would not trail until Game 4 of their eventual sweep to clinch their second championship in three seasons. The road that got them there, however, is what Bochy will remember.
"Toast to Boch" airs Saturday, Sept. 28 on NBC Sports Bay Area at 5 p.m., following the conclusion of "Giants Postgame Live."