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2009 World Series Preview

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2009 World Series Preview

Cold nights. Bright lights. Peaceful fans. The 2009 World Series is what we’ve seen since the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in 1997. I know baseball fans should have done the Dodgers/Yankees split, but what daylight was the most important of the year. I want to see the series, LA though? Me neither. The World Series is under the lights, in the Northeast. Okay, it shouldn’t just be in the Northeast. (However, most of the sport’s most passionate fan bases live in the Northeast. This isn’t a matter of East Coast bias. It’s true.

The most important reason is the environment.

 Here in the Northeast, we spend half the year stuck inside. Besides the wonderful leaf color in the fall and some nice spring blooms, we have a lot of work to be excited about. Mountain and Pacific time zone fans have year-round beaches, stunning mountains, valleys and vast forests with incredible wildlife. We have squirrels, deer and Ed Rendell. People in the Northeast are better fans and more passionate because they have more time and fewer distractions. Look, I’m not lying. Oh yeah, most of us aren’t as rich as the Southern California crowd.)

Okay, back to business. I had high expectations for the 2009 MLB Playoffs. After 3 shutouts, 3-1 and 4-1 Phillies wins, and a less than exciting 4-2 ALCS, it’s safe to say I’m disappointed. Baseball can still get to me. A seven (I’ll settle for six) back-and-forth affair between the Phillies and Yankees heals all my 2009 playoff wounds. Not much to ask for a competitive World Series, right? Since the aforementioned 1997 streak, there have been five sweeps, three 4-1 sweeps, 6 game streaks and two that went the distance (7 games).

 For the most important series in the playoffs,

 he is less than impressive. Up until the last few years, I had the same complaint with the NFL’s Super Bowl. A season filled with competitive games usually led to a breakthrough in one of the biggest showcases of the season. Don’t let me down baseball. I can’t do much else. By the way, I loved the 1997 World Series for a number of reasons. I will list them briefly for you.

  • It was a wild series with neither team able to string together multiple wins.
  • It went on for seven whole games.
  • The third game was rained out; this increases the excitement level by at least two digits.
  • Runs were scored off the ice in the 9th inning of the third game.
  • Was on national television seven times.
  • I loved watching the Cleveland offense and hearing the tribal drums.
  • It was the first time I saw a pitcher (Jose Mesa) with crazy colored gloves.

Gary Sheffield’s batting position.

– Walk, the deciding run hit in the bottom of the 11th with two outs. FYI, this is a shortened version. I really enjoyed this series.

Okay, back to business (again). Every aspect of this series has already been broken down by every newspaper, sports network, website and blog, so I won’t bother here. Instead, I’ll give you a few more things to watch as the best World Series in over a decade (fingers crossed, fingers crossed).

This is one of the few World Series in the last decade where these two teams present an intriguing 사설토토, regardless of talent, rosters, managers, etc., etc. All that was left was the 2000 series between the Yankees and the Mets (existing hatred) and the 2002 series between the Angels and Giants (EVERYONE hated Barry Bonds). The unique aspect of the 2009 series is that the Phillies and Yankees don’t actually hate each other; Fans do. When fans have extreme contempt for opposing fans, it often manifests itself in the locker room, or in this case, the clubhouse.

 I’ve talked to a few friends in the NYC area the last

 few days and they confirmed that Yankees fans are generally Giants fans. If you’re new to the sport, the Eagles have an archenemy called the “Giant.” Look, these fans really hate each other. Add fan hatred to the roster with the Rollins guarantee and the addition of Bret Myers, and I guarantee we’ll see some fireworks before the streak ends. Fighting is unusual for a Yankee, but the stage and intensity may require guerilla tactics.

While I can’t confirm it, if you polled Major League Baseball pitchers about which ballpark they like least, these two stadiums would be in the top three. Even the cold air isn’t enough to reduce the number of long flies we see throughout the series. The streak also adds the most potent offenses in their respective leagues, two of baseball’s three highest hitting percentages (NYY 1, Boston 2, PHI 3), three of MLB’s top 10 HR hitters this year (when there were four A-rods all year), and a total of 12 players with 80+ RBIs (Yankees-7, Phillies-5). So yes, there is some crime in this series. I can’t say I’m disappointed either.

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