DETROIT -- Marco Scutaro does not have to dream anymore, because he just lived one in 16 wondrous playoff games.
Maybe something beyond a dream, really.
"It's a gift from above," Scutaro said Sunday night after a quiet moment with his family outside the Giants' drenched, World Series-winning clubhouse. "It's way beyond me."
It was beyond almost anybody in the history of this sport, that's what it was. Dizzying, exhilarating, unstoppable.
"Unbelievable," he kept saying in a tunnel underneath Comerica Park, and it was.
Scutaro, a journeyman second baseman, took the Giants and their fans along with him, floating from victory to victory and glorious moment to moment this postseason as if he were born to do this.
Maybe he was. He turns 37 on Tuesday, and maybe everything else was just a lead-up to driving in the winning run to conclude the Giants' World Series sweep over Detroit. It took 10 innings in Game 4, final score: 4-3.
Only a series ago, of course, Scutaro was the National League Championship Series MVP -- a playoff superstar after decades of blue-collar toil, earning his first trip to the World Series.
There were many heroes for the Giants in this run -- Pablo Sandoval was the Series MVP, the starting pitchers were incredible, Buster Posey hit a key home run Sunday, Tim Lincecum was a playoff revelation in relief.
But just as Cody Ross represented all that was quirky and amazing about the Giants' 2010 World Series title, Scutaro will forever be remembered as the quiet little clutch player most touched by magic in this run.
He took the hit from the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday in the NLCS, he got all those hits, he danced in the rain in Game 7, and he drove in the winning run in the Giants' second World Series title in three years.
"Marco was Marco," said Ryan Theriot, who scored in the 10th inning after Scutaro's line-drive single to center field.
"That's what he's been doing for us since he's been here. The guy's amazing. Without him, we wouldn't be here right now."
All of this left Scutaro in a daze Sunday -- he spent several minutes in the hot, messy clubhouse celebration, but then darted out fairly quickly.
He was looking for his family, found them in the tunnel outside and started choking up.
After he spent a few minutes with his wife and children, I asked him: Does it feel like you really did all this, Marco?
"Not yet, not yet," Scutaro said. "There's so many feelings going through me right now. It's just overwhelming. It's unbelievable."
In the game-winning at-bat against flame thrower Phil Coke, Scutaro said he was just looking for a pitch to hit -- and he got one, a 95 mph fastball that he drove over the second baseman's head.
How many times did he do that in the playoffs this year? Ten? Fifteen? A thousand?
"I was just trying to relax and see the ball," Scutaro said. "I was in a good hitting count and got a good pitch, and I hit it good. And fortunately it dropped."
I asked Theriot earlier what he was thinking at second base when Scutaro's single left the bat.
"I've done it before -- I know how many steps it takes," Theriot said of his race home and slide across the plate. "There was no stopping me, I promise you that."
Moments before I talked to Theriot, he was in a side room when manager Bruce Bochy stepped in and boomed to him: "How about this crazy S-O-B! Scores the winning run in the World Series! We've been holding him back!"
Theriot was the starting second baseman for parts of the season before Scutaro was acquired in late July and then supplanted him. Neither was a high-profile guy, and now they're a part of Giants history.
"Just a bunch of hard-nosed players going out and getting the job done," Theriot said, also reminding me that shortstop Brandon Crawford laid down a perfect bunt to get him into scoring position.
I asked Scutaro if it was special that he drove in Theriot, another scrappy infielder, to win the World Series.
"If you were at second," Scutaro said to me, laughing, "and I drove you in, that'd be special.
"Didn't matter who. Just a team effort. This team is unbelievable. Never give up, always fight, when we were against the wall the first couple series, just unbelievable."
Scutaro kept saying that word, and it was so true. But it was also incredibly real, as he wept a little, hugged his daughters and shouted in the hallway to his teammates.
Scutaro did the unbelievable throughout these playoffs, and did it again, and again, until it was over and there was nothing left to do except marvel that it really happened.