Why we should care: because the year is 1938 at the Giants and Tigers are two of the four powerhouse teams in baseball, having combined to play in the last five World Series. This is the first time they are ever facing each other.
We're not bitter that the Yankees aren't in it this year, are we?
Quite the contrary. After watching them skulk through Detroit's sweep like they didn't want it anyway I get to hate them more than ever, AND they're out. It's perfect.
I care about the Giants because they picked up Hunter Pence when the Phillies unaccountably traded him. And I care about the Tigers because of Jim Leyland, of whom I still harbor fond memories as the manager of the Pirates back when I still lived in Pittsburgh (and when Barry Bonds was surly without steroids).
I'm calling it for the Tigers, but I wouldn't be too surprised by the other outcome. I'll say Tigers in 6. Though neither of these teams is my team, I care because:--Soon there will be no baseball. Have to get the year's last fix.--Verlander--There could always be weird stuff, like the double-hit-three-times from the other night, or Zito's sac bunt, and I enjoy the chatter about that kind of stuff.
Unaccountably? He's a defensive liability who hit .213 after the trade and will make in the range of $14 million next year. In exchange we got a serviceable major league outfielder and a top level catching prospect who is the heir apparent to our 34 year old catcher. I think that's fairly accountable.
Tigers in 7. Only reason it won't be five is because they start with being penalized for not playing 1972 baseball like the Giants. Kudos to the Giants though for not bringing back Cabrera for the Series even though his suspension is over.Snark aside, I like this Tigers team a lot and am happy they're the ones to be there instead of the White Sox.
Haaa. How went the re-viewing of Daredevil, btw?
Let's say that, given my doubts, that little project is not at the top of my list. It will happen, inevitably, however, as I am weak and unprincipled.
Tigers in 7.
This one's for Mike Ilitch. He's invested in Detroit when almost no one else would. He's not going to be around much longer. Let him die happy this winter.
Apparently, Verlander is human. Who knew?
Pablo Sandoval, it seems, had insider knowledge on that.
He brings something lively to the clubhouse. Just ask the Giants.