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Giants win national league division series!

The San Francisco Giants, today, won a dramatic, do-or-die playoff game against the Cincinnati Reds. MVP candidate Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the 6 to 4 victory. The Giants won three straight elimination games on the road, and now move on to the penultimate playoff series, beginning Sunday night, October 14th. In Oakland, meanwhile, in just about an hour-and-a-half, the A's have their own must-win game against the Detroit Tigers. All the excitement has San Francisco Chronicle reporter Scott Ostler thinking this is not just one of the best days in Bay Area baseball history.

BEN TREFNY: You were saying this reminds you of '89, when the A's and the Giants both made it to the World Series. What are the similarities and differences between then and now?

SCOTT OSTLER: The A's back then were a team of veterans and stars. The A's now are a team that you watch them walk in the clubhouse and you wonder who they are…you wanna ask them to wear name-tags or something.

Click the player above to listen to the complete interview. 

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.