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The world champion San Francisco Giants … when they were Fresno Grizzlies

Hey, did you hear that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series? Oh yeah, totally happened. I’m sure you didn’t hear ANYTHING about it on Facebook or Twitter. Here’s one fun Fresno fact that you and your sarcasm detector might not know, though: 17 of the 25 players on the Giants’ World Series roster played for the AAA affiliate¬†Fresno Grizzlies at some point.

Some players we saw a lot of — catcher and clutch home-run-hitter Buster Posey, ¬†Game 2 winning pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Game 4 tripler Brandon Belt, for instance. Others, like MVP Pablo Sandoval and unlikely Game 1 winner Barry Zito, we only saw briefly.

It’s hard to argue with the Grizzlies current “Farmgrown” marketing campaign. Just look at the pics below. In some cases these Grizzlies look quite different than the guys you saw soaked in champagne last night.

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Congrats to the San Francisco Giants … and the Fresno Grizzlies

As you’ve surely heard by now, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last night. This is how the people in S.F. are celebrating. Looks fun, no?

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Here in Fresno, there’s a lot of pride for the Giants win — even from an A’s fan such as myself, who couldn’t help but get lured into the Giants improbable run. I owe much of that to the Fresno Grizzlies, who gave me and thousands of others the chance to see this year’s World Series heroes before they captured the hearts of baseball fans nationwide.

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On TV tonight

Giants Dodgers Baseball.JPG “National League Division Series,” 4:37 p.m. WTBS: If you are a San Francisco Giants fan, now’s the time to start pretending to be sick so you can get home a little early to watch today’s game.

The Giants, who lead the best-of-five series 2-1, would clinch a spot in the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a win over the Atlanta Braves. A loss by the Giants would set up a game five.

Madison Bumgarner, who spent a brief time with the Fresno Grizzlies, is scheduled to be on the mound for the Giants. Derek Lowe will start for the Braves. Lowe, who was on the mound in the first game of this NLDS, left the contest in the sixth inning.