Sport: The Full-Tilt Boogie Buccaneers

For the National League champs, getting there was half the fun

"All season long, it seemed like we never could win a ball game the easy way," Pittsburgh Pirates Second Baseman Phil Garner said after a tenth-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of the National League championship playoff. He frowned, pursed his lips in remembrance of a grueling pennant race that was not decided until the season's final day, then broke into a grin. "But my, how time flies when you're having fun."

Easy or not, getting to the World Series...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!