World Series, Game One

Game One, 8:07 PM Eastern, AT&T Park, Fox TV.

Verlander versus Zito. Tigers at Giants. The New York Times:

The Giants have reached the World Series 19 times, the Tigers 11 times. Yet this is their first date for the championship.

Eight teams have reached the World Series at least 10 times: the Yankees, the A’s, the Red Sox and the Tigers in the American League, and the Giants, the Cardinals, the Dodgers and the Cubs (really) in the National League. All the possible World Series matchups involving those teams have now taken place, except for one: the Tigers and the Dodgers have still never met in the World Series.

Here’s Roger Angell on teams from the original leagues making it to the Series, published on October 11. If you haven’t read Angell before, here’s his bio along with a list of his baseball essay collections. Read them.

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26 thoughts on “World Series, Game One

  1. If you had told me in April that Barry Zito would be starting game 1 of the World Series, I’d have thought you were nuts.

  2. Wow. The Panda putting on his best Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth imitation. Those four guys are the only ones to hit three HRs in a WS game. (We all remember the Reggie ones, I’m sure.)

  3. Not sure that I can actually watch this stuff. About as far as I will go is to quaff an Anchor Steam.

    • I heard conflicting reports on KJ too. One said he could resume all activites in 10 days, the other report listed three months. I thought 10 days was quick, but both would mean he’s healthy with a good prognosis.