World Series Opens Wednesday

Well, here we are: the final games of the season begin tomorrow, with unlikely league champions Texas and San Francisco facing off in the World Series.

Texas has never been to the Series before, and the Giants have not won it since moving to SF in 1958. Both facts are somewhat mind-boggling.

It all starts with Game One on Wednesday, at 5:00 Pacific (actual time is listed at 4:57 PM but that just sounds kind of random and dumb, doesn’t it?). Of course I’ll be watching, and I’ll have some commentary here as the series progresses.

I’d like to take a moment to promote friend-of-the-blog Pete Livengood’s charity event – a World Series Viewing Party with Edgar Martinez, Wednesday evening at the Elysian Fields Brewery (542 1st Avenue South in Seattle, right between Safeco and Quest). Pete, a Mariners and Rainiers fan who is on the board of the brewery, organized this event to raise money for The Martinez Foundation.

Check this out: it’s free. A portion of all food and beverage sales goes to the foundation, and you can make a cash donation ($25 I think) and get Edgar’s autograph. 

Some World Series links:

  • First, a Rainiers link: this requires a subscription, but Ryan Divish freelanced a rather massive Michael Pineda feature for Baseball America. This is the most thorough and in-depth piece I have seen on Pineda, with details on his family, his teenage move from third base to the mound, and his signing. Ryan did a great job with this story – if you’re not a subscriber, try to find the hard copy with Jason Heyward on the cover; they usually carry Baseball America at Borders.
  • Long-time San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins – he’s sort of the John McGrath of the Bay Area – has some entertaining World Series notes here.
  • Bengie Molina and Chris Ray will get rings regardless – the two players were traded for one another mid-season. This story has some good details from Molina, including his role scouting the opponent.
  • Geoff Baker says that the Mariners decided the ALCS – and he’s probably right.
  • Looking for more World Series links? Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald delivers, and he also has the funniest octopus joke that I have read (so far) today.
  • In the PCL, here’s more on the details of the former Portland franchise’s temporary relocation to Tucson, with the news that the team will play at the more modern, but poorly located, Tucson Electric Park.
  • In the Arizona Fall League, Dustin Ackley drew five walks last night. Yes, he did that in one game.
  • As you surely know, Mariners and Rainiers fans dominate the internet. So we might as well win this fan vote for Best Triple-A Team of 2010. Vote early, vote often!
  • This is a really, really bad idea. Take note of that, Bud. You are not the NBA or the NHL, and that is a good thing.

Here’s hoping for a close, dramatic series!

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