2009 World Series schedule

The Philadelphia Phillies have clinched a spot in the 2009 World Series and the New York Yankees are up 3-2 on the Los Angeles Angels for the AL spot.  So it’s time to set the schedule for the ’09 Fall Classic.

2009 World Series schedule:
Game 1 – Phillies at Yankees/Angels – Wed, Oct 28th
Game 2 – Phillies at Yankees/Angels – Thur, Oct 29th
Game 3 – Yankees/Angels at Phillies – Sat, Oct 31
Game 4 – Yankees/Angels at Phillies – Sun, Nov 1
Game 5 – Yankees/Angels at Phillies – Mon, Nov 2
Game 6 – Phillies at Yankees/Angels – Wed, Nov 4
Game 7 – Phillies at Yankees/Angels – Thu, Nov 5

The World Series is best 4 out of 7 series, the team with 4 wins is declared the champion.  The 2-3-2 series starts in the American League city, because the AL won the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, then moves to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary).

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It has been another amazing season for Major League Baseball, filled with individual player milestones and team accomplishments.  Now that we are gearing up for the World Series, let’s look at the accomplishments of players around the League:  Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks recorded his 4,673rd strikeout to place him at 2nd on the All-Time Career Strikeout Leaders list; Kenny Rogers of the Detroit Tigers became the all-time career pickoff leader with 92, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 610th career homerun to pass Sammy Sosa and place fifth all-time for career home runs; Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays stole his 300th base on July 7th to become only the ninth player in history to have stolen that many bases before the age of 27. 

This year, we welcome the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Raysto the Fall Classic.  Both teams have dazzled their audiences, outperformed their opponents and captivated the nation.  The Phillies, for the first time since 1900, posted two 20+ run games this year.  The Rays had their best start in franchise history, and are the first team since 1900 to achieve the best record in the League by July 4th after posting the worst record in the League the previous season.  This is also the first time in franchise history that the Rays have reached the postseason – do you believe it?!

We have watched these two teams emerge from the pack, hungry for a National Championship.  And the best part:  They are not the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox.  No, this year we will watch the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies square-off for the League’s biggest trophy and all the marbles.  The Tampa Bay Rays have stepped up to the plate to bring their franchise just four games away from the National Championship, a season after they were “nobodys.”  Get ready for one heck of a World Series – The Phillies haven’t won a title in 28 years, and the Rays had never won a postseason game until this season.  For once in recent World Series history, baseball fans will have a chance to watch true underdog teams play solid, American baseball.  Here’s to our favorite pastime.

Rays: Keep Your Chins Up

Did any of you get a chance to see the stunned look on the Rays faces last night when J.D. Drew hit the RBI to give the Boston Red Sox the 2nd biggest comeback in playoffs history?  I’ll bet most of you BoSox bandwagoners just flipped the channel to ER and were through with it, ready to admit that your season was over.

A true Red Sox fan, however, would have been biting their fingers to the nubs shortly after Big Papi hit that bomb of a homerun into the right field stands.  The Rays never saw it coming, and neither did we.  Props.

Regardless of last night, I must say that any legitimate baseball fan should be rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays right now.  It is a rarity in Major League Baseball that a “have-not” team such as the Rays chooses the perfect combination of players and plays their cards just right while remaining within their budget.  When the underdogs wail on the “I’m So Freakin’ Rich I Can Do What I Want” franchise, a true baseball fan realizes the feat and commends the rare occasion.  The Rays have done the unthinkable by making it this far, and I commend them.

Don’t give up hope after last night Tampa, Boston wants to commend you as well.

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