World Series begins–Giants vs. Rangers

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

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

From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue

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