By Brian J. Schwartz and John D. StolpeNovember 15, 2016The last of the wiggle-free Wiggly-Dusters were on hand at Yankee Stadium for the first game of the American League Championship Series.
In a game that was played on a completely different field from that of the World Baseball Classic, they went up against a team that had only won a single game the previous season.
The Wigglys, as they are affectionately called, had not had the best start to the season, having fallen just short of the ALDS title game in their first game against the Oakland Athletics in September.
But the Wigglies had a strong team behind them and a great starting pitching rotation, and they managed to win three of their first four games.
With that in mind, it was easy to overlook the wicker-free squad as they struggled against a tough San Diego Padres squad, as the San Francisco Giants were the only team to defeat the Wigglers on the road this year.
It took the Giants only one out to win the series, and it looked like it would be another long series as the Giants would go on to win six straight games, and three of the next four.
The Giants would not be able to get any closer than they did, however, as San Diego came back to take the series in seven games.
However, it turned out to be just the start of things for the Wigglelys.
The second-place San Francisco offense scored two runs in the seventh inning to make it 3-0 and send the Giants to the series finale in San Diego, but a two-run walk-off home run by catcher Ryan Kelly in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at 3-3.
The Giants were still a long ways away from winning the series with the Giants winning their second straight game.
But after a one-out walk-offs to Ryan Kelly and Nick Ponce and a wild pitch by reliever Jake Diekman, the Giants scored five runs in five innings to take a 3-1 lead.
It was a win that will surely have the Winger’s name on a plaque in San Francisco.
The next game was the Giants first ever home game in the Bronx against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
The Wigglics were no match for the Indians starting lineup, but they were able to come back in the ninth inning and defeat them 6-3, and the Giants will be looking for that win on Sunday in Cleveland.
The series finale will take place on Tuesday night at the Polo Grounds.
Wiggly and his wife, Amy, will be in attendance for the home game, along with fellow wiggle Duster, Timmy.
This season they have recorded the best wiggle streak in franchise history with four wins and a record of 14-2.
In their first two seasons with the team, Wiggliys record was 11-5 and they went 14-1 in the playoffs.
It looks like the Wickers are coming into the 2017 season with a new team, and their record is now in the ballpark of the top four in the majors.
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