Breton can't help but think—hope—that because these Giants are different, their October results may be different. Maybe this is the kind of Giants team that finally wins the World Series. Many fans have found themselves thinking about finally ending 52 years of frustration. But perhaps they should take the lead from manager Bruce Bochy, who, when asked about fate, shook his head and said, "You know, the way we play, we really kind of need to just try real hard to win the next game. That's tough enough, winning one game."
As for Kuiper, whose April proclamation has become something of a rallying cry for the Giants (fans show up at AT&T Park with end the torture signs), he is just enjoying it all. "Oh, every game is still torture," he says. "Who knows how this whole thing will turn out? But that's what's great about baseball, right? Who knew torture could be so much fun?"
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