ARLINGTON, Texas — Edgar Renteria spoke up during a meeting late in the season to tell his Giants teammates how badly he wanted to get back to the postseason one last time as his career was winding down.
They got him back to the World Series, and then Renteria did his part, hitting .417 with a pair of home runs and winning the Series MVP award.
"Couldn't happen to a better guy," Giants OF Aaron Rowand said. "To see him after everything he went through this year to come out the way he did and step up, that's him. He's a World Series MVP all the way around. I'm honored to play with him."
Said Aubrey Huff: "Everybody was telling me what a great teammate he is, and my God, he is."
This wasn't Renteria's first star turn in a Series — he had a walkoff single in Game 7 of the 1997 Series for the Marlins. He is the fourth player in history to have a game-winning RBI in two Series-clinching games, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra.
"It's the same feeling, same emotions," Renteria said. "It's unbelievable. It's unbelievable being in that situation, and I enjoyed both World Series."
PAT THE WHIFF: Ex-Ray Pat Burrell had the chance to be the star for the Giants, but he struck out with two on in the seventh. So when Renteria followed with the three-run homer, Burrell may have been the second happiest player in the suddenly silent Rangers Ballpark.
"I wanted to jump on his back around first base," Burrell said. "It was a rollercoaster of emotions — striking out there leaving those guys out there, and then to see him pick it up, that's what this game is all about."
Burrell was 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts in the Series and hit .143 (6-for-42) with 22 strikeouts for the postseason.
RANGERS REAX: The season didn't end the way the Rangers hoped, but it still was a success as they won the division, and ousted the Rays and Yankees to get to the Series.
"I'm very proud of, No. 1, my players, the way they showed up every single day, and they played the game with a passion. The way they was committed to each other," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm very proud of my coaching staff for keeping that together. I'm very proud of the organization for supplying me with the players that I had. I'm very proud of the scouting staff, the development staff, everything that had anything to do with the Texas Rangers. I'm very proud of it.
"We made a commitment to each other in spring training, and a lot of times you say things, but it never happens. Well, it happened this year. You know, I'm the leader of the Texas Rangers, but I'm only as good as my followers, and my followers are pretty good, so they made me look good."
MISCELLANY: Huff has big plans — unfortunately — for his red rally thong: "I'm gonna wear it probably all by itself on the parade. I guess I better get a spray tan, huh?" … This was the eighth consecutive Series to not go seven games. … Giants RHP Tim Lincecum is the 15th pitcher to win four games in a postseason. … Nelson Cruz's seventh-inning homer snapped an 181/3-inning scoreless streak for the Rangers. It was his record 13th extra-base hit of the postseason.