DETROIT -- The Kung Fu Panda stole the show.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named World Series MVP after the team's sweep. The rotund switch hitter gobbled up Detroit Tigers pitching with a .500 batting average, three homers in Game 1 and four RBIs.
Quite a turnaround for a man who played in only one game two years ago, when the Giants won their first World Series in San Francisco by taking four of five games from the Texas Rangers.
"You learn," Sandoval told The Associated Press. "You learn from everything that happened in your career. ... We're working hard to enjoy this moment right now."
Sandoval had his ups and downs this year as well, including two stints on the disabled list, one with a broken hamate bone, the other an injured hamstring.
But he turned it on throughout the postseason, hitting .364 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games. He also played strong defense at third.
Sandoval gives much of the credit for his development to manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean.
"When you have a good manager, good G.M., throwing all the things in your face, you have to keep focused and keep playing and keep working hard," Sandoval told AP.
His best moment in the postseason came in Game 1 of the World Series, when he belted homers in his first three at-bats to lead an 8-3 Giants victory.
Only three other players have hit three homers in a World Series game. Hall of Famer Babe Ruth
Chavez was one of nine fans selected from more than 22,000 applicants who crafted essays about their devotion to their favorite team.
Chavez watched all 162 games of the Giants' regular season at the Fan Cave, an interactive experience and social media center at Fourth and Broadway in Manhattan. One of three remaining "survivors" of the Fan Cave competition, she was present at all four World Series games.
Others tweeting salutes to the Giants were 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (Palo Alto High) and Cal football coach Jeff Tedford.
Former Giants A.J. Pierzynski and Kevin Frandsen also joined the Twitter parade of well-wishers.
"If you told me they were on the verge of a sweep, I probably wouldn't have believed you," Kershaw said. "But they're such a great team and they've got so many good players. I'm not surprised that they're here, by any means."
Kershaw was asked if the Giants' successes serve to intensify the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
"I don't know if the rivalry's back yet," he said. "They're winning World Series and we're not even in the playoffs yet, so we have to focus on just getting into the playoffs."
"I really liked the movie, I liked the book, and as a result I sort of became an A's fan,'' Perry, 43, said. "I was following them this year, and it was exciting to watch them be arguably the biggest and best, most fun story in baseball."
Best known as Chandler from "Friends,'' Perry now plays a sportscaster on the NBC show "Go On." He said he prepared for the role by chatting with real media types such as Rich Eisen, Jim Rome and Colin Cowherd.
"The bad news is that all the athletes who have come on have been really good, and funny,'' Perry said, "Which makes it seem like what I do for a living is a joke."