(SFGATE) — They say the best team does not always win the World Series. Sometimes the hottest team swoops in and flies away with the trophy.

Baseball lovers across the world can spend the months between now and spring training arguing whether the Giants were the best in 2012, or whether they merely had the hottest hand when all of the chips were in the middle of the table.

The Giants can be forgiven for not joining the debate, at least not now. They are too busy celebrating San Francisco’s second championship in three seasons, which they went overtime to clinch on a frigid Sunday night at Comerica Park.

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