Ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 World Series began last night.
And this year, I think we all know the World Series means just a little bit more.
Because this was the last year that Derek Jeter graced a baseball field, and all that happens in his wake this post-season will happen under a large shadow in the shape of the number 2.
Both the Royals and the Giants have obviously dedicated their seasons to the Captain, and are playing to earn his undying respect. Sorry: re2pect. Therefore, we can safely assume that whoever wins the Series will do so by playing the most Jeterian game possible under the circumstances, and reinventing themselves in Jeter’s image.
So let’s this break this down so we can make a scientific prediction: who will win the 2014 World Series?
So, that World Series we just got done with was pretty terrible, huh? Uncompetitive, low-scoring, unmemorable: that sound about right? Unfortunately, 2011 excluded, we’ve lived through a bunch of shitty World Series lately. But it’s important to remember: they’re not all that bad. Some of them are pretty great! That’s why we’re ranking all the World Series since 1975 in order, considering entertainment, level of play, quality of the teams involved and historic value. Why 1975? Because that’s the year The Dilemma made his way into this dark world…meaning I’m much more familiar with World Series since then than I am with those from 1974 and earlier. And hence, more qualified to judge them. Really, that’s what this blog is all about: judginess. Just how low will the 2012 World Series rank? And which decade gave us the best Series? Read on, friends.
Let’s get some Hot Stove action going.
…mere hours after writing mean-spirited blog posts about him. Because:
That? That is a beautiful sight to behold.
Holy fucking shit.
Normally, I root for the American League representative in the World Series, unless Boston is involved. Here’s why that’s changing: