Hard to believe we won't be listening to someone going on and on about New York's tradition and committment to winning Wednesday night, when World Series XXLMNOP begins - and features Texas and San Francisco.
Give most any general manager in baseball a $210 million budget - without the fear of his team losing money! - and chances are he could put together a pretty competitive team.
But the Rangers and Giants are the teams the network must now pitch to the American viewing public, and they could wind up with a compelling Fall Classic. Cliff Lee vs. Tim Linncecum is a dream matchup. San Francisco's anonymous offense simply manufactures runs, while in Texas they whack away until they have six or seven, then whack some more if that's not enough.
Here are couple of questions. Will you watch this World Series? And who wins it - and why?
Game One is Wednesday, but let's kick it around now. Give us your picks and your thoughts, and on Wednesday we'll give you ours.
Now, a few links:
- Seattle's former manager, Don Wakamatsu is weighing options and has talked to Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, for whom Wak was bench coach in Texas.
- Ryan Rowland-Smith, determined to redefine his career - with the Mariners or someone else - has been using Mixed Martial Arts workouts to improve his conditioning and attitude.
- Does Pete Rose finally understand what Bart Giamatti told him when he banned him for life? Here's a story an interiew on baseball's greatest con - make up your own mind.
- Milwaukee is down to four candidates to manage the Brewers - including ex-Mariner manager Bob Melvin and former Mariners infielder Joey Cora. Oddly, the team has already re-signed its hitting coach and has a pitching coach under contract.
- Would Kansas City ace Zach Greinke be a fit in Boston? Columnist Nick Cafardo mulls that over.