Don't get me wrong--I fully expect an entertaining World Series, with two teams that dominated their respective League Championships, and who match up in very interesting ways. But there's an adage, an old, tired one, about how Americans like to root for an underdog (as opposed to say, Jamaicans, who much prefer to root for overwhelming favorites). But history shows that if two underdogs meet each other, Americans don't know who to root for, and don't really care. I'm sure Fox is pulling their metaphorical hair out about the lack of East Coast teams.
But I encourage you, dear reader, to pay attention to this World Series from the jump. Because, as I said, it should be a great match-up starting with Game 1, and presumed starters Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee--both Cy Young winners in 2008 (Lincecum added another in 2009). Both are on top of their games, and have pretty good hitters to face in this Series.
Don't be dismayed, casual baseball fans--both of these teams proved themselves--there was no Game 7 miracle to get here. The Rangers outscored the Yankees by a 2:1 ratio. The Phillies 3-4-5 hitters were totally silenced against the Giants pitching. Hell, both the Yankees and the Phillies enjoyed some questionable umpire calls to make their series even remotely close.
This should be a great World Series. Enjoy it!
Oh, and if you are looking for a decisive factor in deciding what team to root for--let me offer two--Josh Hamilton is an amazingly talented, heavy hitting Center Fielder for the Rangers. But he's also a huge loser: "My wife, Kate, when I was in the middle of my addiction, she prayed about it and she knew in her heart that the Lord was going to get me back into baseball, but it wouldn't be about baseball, it would be about sharing."
Also, George Bush (43) is rooting for the Rangers. That's enough for me to root for the Giants, how about you?