Long Beach State and the Dirtbags baseball program congratulate Matt Duffy on the World Series championship with the San Francisco Giants. As Pablo Sandoval caught the last out of game seven on Wednesday night, Duffy became the second Dirtbag alumnus to play in the World Series and win a World Series title.
Duffy is the first Dirtbag to play in and win a World Series since Rod Gaspar helped the 1969 New York "Miracle Mets" win the World Championship. Both Duffy and Gaspar were rookies when their respective teams won the World Series.
Duffy made an improbable rise to the Major Leagues this season, jumping straight from Double-A to the MLB in early August to become the 45th Dirtbag to reach the majors. After hitting .267 in the final two months of the regular season and playing a key role off the bench for the Giants, Duffy was named to the postseason roster in every round of the MLB playoffs.
In the NLCS, he entered the game as a pinch runner and scored from second on a wild pitch to tie up the game with the Cardinals. In the World Series, Duffy came in as a pinch hitter and smacked a single off fellow Dirtbag Jason Vargas for his first postseason hit. He later scored and sparked a comeback victory for the Giants in game four.
Duffy and Vargas were the first Dirtbags to play in the World Series since 2008 when Evan Longoria made it with the Tampa Bay Rays in his rookie season.
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