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The Public Says “Rays”

The Public Says "Rays"

Despite nearly every baseball pundit picking the Dodgers and the Red Sox to meet up in the World Series (which of course would be the network’s dream matchup with the whole Torre/Manny/Boston thing), I was surprised to see the results of a viewer poll on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Wednesday. Asked who do you think will win the Series, Tampa led the way with over 31% of the votes. Boston and LA were virtually tied for second with over 27% each, and the Phillies were last with over 14%. The announcers seemed just as surprised when they revealed the totals, commenting that “a lot of people must have voted in Florida.” Perhaps that’s the case, or perhaps baseball fans everywhere are believing in this amazing worst-to-first fairy tale and think team depth, home field advantage, and destiny will triumph over the stud starters, ace reliever, and tons more playoff experience of the evil empire. This should be a great league championship series–two teams very evenly matched (Tampa was 10-8 in the 18 games with Boston during the season, 8-1 at home and 2-7 on the road–just like the Twins and White Sox!) that don’t like each other one bit. I can’t wait…

–Matthew

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