Tuesday, October 27, 2009

World Series: Let The Games Begin!

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Yankees have made the World Series every year they've opened a new or renovated stadium (1923: Yankees defeat the New York Giants, 4-2; 1976: Cincinnati Reds defeat Yankees, 4-0; 2009: ?

The Bronx Bombers are going for their 27th world championship. They are 26-13 in World Series play. They already have the most titles in major sports in North America. Second place - The Montreal Canadians with 23.

Breakdown of the Yankees 26 World Series championships: Brooklyn/LA Dodgers (8); NY/SF Giants (5); Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (3); St. Louis Cardinals (2); Cincinnati Reds (2); Chicago Cubs (2); Pittsburgh Pirates (1); Philadelphia Phillies (1); San Diego Padres (1); New York Mets (1)

Breakdown of the Yankees 13 World Series losses: Brooklyn/LA Dodgers (3); St. Louis Cardinals (3); New York Giants (2); Milwaukee Braves (1); Pittsburgh Pirates (1); Cincinnati Reds (1); Arizona Diamondbacks (1); Florida Marlins (1)

The Phillies are the only team that has faced every team in a current division (AL East) in World Series play [New York Yankees-1950 (L), 2009 (?); Boston Red Sox-1915 (L); Baltimore Orioles-1983 (L); Toronto Blue Jays-1993 (L); Tampa Bay Rays-2008 (W)].

They also played and defeated the Kansas City Royals in 1980.

Beware Of This Man!

Ryan Howard - 2009 Postseason - 9 G, 31 AB, 8 R, 11 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 8 K, .355 AVG

Howard may just be the Yankees worst nightmare.

And then there's Brad Lidge. Hmmmm? This should be interesting.

To be continued....

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

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