Updated: November 6, 2010 8:00AM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand got his first start of the 106th World Series in Game 5 on Monday as San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy continued to tinker with his lineup despite a 3-1 edge entering the game.
Rowand started in center field and batted ninth. He was on the field when the last out was recorded and the Giants won their first World Series since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
''It's awesome,'' a drenched Rowand said, holding a bottle of champagne in one hand. ''First-time championship in San Francisco, that's right up there with 88 years in Chicago. It's unbelievable. It's a great group of guys. I can't say enough about them. It was a total team effort.''
Rowand delivered a two-run triple as a pinch hitter in Game 2 and has been using his experience from the 2005 World Series with the White Sox to keep his young teammates in line.
''You don't change anything,'' Rowand said of opening a big lead in the Series. ''You're not changing your mind-set in how you approach the first game or the second game or the third game. You have to keep your foot on the throttle and keep pushing forward. You can't change your intensity.''
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who worked the World Series as an analyst for Fox, said he was like a proud papa watching Rowand and infielder Juan Uribe get another shot at a ring. Guillen said he understands why Rowand, who struggled down the stretch, has seen limited time in the postseason despite having the richest contract of any Giants position player at five years and $60 million.
''Bruce Bochy, he doesn't care about feelings,'' Guillen said. ''He cares about winning. I think he understands there are a couple of guys who have played better than [Rowand]. The time they played him, he did a good job. But he should be happy to be here.''
Rowand said he definitely enjoyed this second trip to the World Series despite playing a reduced role.
''This group is a team, and that's the beauty of what everybody here has done,'' he said. ''At one time or another, we have all had to put our personal agendas aside. And we came together as a group.''They might be Giants
From outfielder Cody Ross, who carried the team in October, to rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who dominated the Texas Rangers in Game 4, the Giants don't have the household names fans are used to seeing in the World Series.
Former Cub Mark DeRosa said that has more to do with an East Coast media bias than anything his Giants team has done this season.
''There is an East Coast bias; there has to be,'' DeRosa said. ''You see these guys play a hundred games on the East Coast, and you see us play 10 at midnight. That's to be expected.''
The Giants were a surprise team this postseason, but DeRosa said no one should be surprised.
''I said it in spring training,'' he said. ''I said, 'If this team gets into the postseason, if we can withstand the marathon, we're a team that you are not going to want to face [with] our pitching in the postseason.'''
Said Guillen: ''The main reason they are where they are right now is because of their pitching staff carrying them to the World Series. A lot of people forgot they beat [Roy] Halladay, they beat [Roy] Oswalt. They beat those guys and didn't get any credit. You have to give those guys some credit.''Closing statement
The Rangers were favored to win the Series, but they never got into a groove against the Giants' tough pitching staff.
''They beat us soundly,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''I just want to give Bruce Bochy and his staff a congratulations for what they did with their team and the way he kept them motivated.''