- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
World Series begins–Giants vs. Rangers
By Doug Halberstadt
Tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 27) is the first game of the 2010 World Series. The San Francisco Giants host the Texas Rangers to get things started in the fall classic. Back in April, I’m not sure anyone in America would have predicted that these two teams would be the ones left standing when October rolled around.
Regardless, they are the lone survivors of a gruelingly-long baseball season and have earned the right to compete for the coveted title of World Series Champion. Neither San Francisco nor Texas currently has that title on their respective résumés.
I don’t particularly have any allegiance to either team. I’m just delighted to see two teams that haven’t been there in the recent past to have an opportunity to get their chance to shine in the national spotlight that accompanies the series. I’ve had enough of the usual suspects that normally monopolize October baseball. Did we really need to see the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies or Cardinals again this year?
The last time the Giants played in the Series was in 2002. They lost in seven games to the Anaheim Angels. The last time they won a world championship was in 1954, when they were the New York Giants. That year they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in six games.
For the Texas Rangers, this is their first-ever appearance in the title series. For that reason alone, I’m hoping they win it all. But if they don’t, I won’t loose any sleep over it. I’m just looking forward to some excellent pitching, decent hitting, and all-around exemplary play.
That’s something I don’t get much of watching the Cubs play during the regular season.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue