Musings on the World Series

This was basically a fun Series to watch. Neither team involved were ones that I cared about, and neither had won the Series in my lifetime. Both had enjoyable teams with a number of players that I like on each side. The games were essentially well-played, except for the Rangers bullpen in Game 2. This is about all I can ask from a World Series that does not involve the Twins. A few random thoughts:

In Texas, only one run was scored without the benefit of a home run in the 3 games played. Congratulations to Edgar Renteria and Andres Torres in the 7th inning of Game 4 for proving that home runs are not the only way to score.

Fox flashed a stat last night that only four players had the clinching hit in at least two different World Series: Lou Gehrig (1932, 1936), Joe Dimaggio (1939, 1949), Yogi Berra (1950, 1956), and Edgar Renteria (1997, 2000). [Berra also scored the winning run in 1958, though he didn’t drive it in.] Which of these is not like the others?

Now each of the original teams that moved has won a title in their new city:

  • St. Louis Browns > Baltimore Orioles (1966, 1970, 1983)
  • Washington Senators > Minnesota Twins (1987, 1991)
  • Boston Braves > Milwaukee Braves (1957) > Atlanta Braves (1995)
  • Philadelphia Athletics > Kansas City Athletics > Oakland Athletics (1972, 1973, 1974, 1989)
  • Brooklyn Dodgers > Los Angeles Dodgers (1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988)
  • New York Giants > San Francisco Giants (2010)

Of course, a number of expansion teams have moved as well with less success.  And in the A’s attempt to be a part of the Yankees farm system while in Kansas City, they also did not win a title.

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