JMLinkinPark Posted September 29, 2003 Share Posted September 29, 2003 Twins-Braves could duplicate memories By Jim Baker MLB Insider Send an Email to Jim Baker Monday, September 29 Updated: September 29 2:23 PM ET With four teams coming out of each league, the only thing we know for certain is this: there are 16 possible World Series matchups. Based on the odds given for each team to win it all (the Yankees are favored, the Twins the biggest underdog), we can rank the 16 possibilities in order of likelihood. The 16 are as follows: 1. Yankees vs. Braves Played before: 1996, 1999 The clubs with the best records in their respective leagues. 2. Yankees vs. Giants Played before: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1962 Barry Bonds in the Series at Yankee Stadium. Sounds like a classic. 3. Red Sox vs. Braves Played before: never The Braves no longer feature a dominating pitching staff. The battle of the two highest-scoring teams in the majors. A combined 450-plus home runs might make for some fun, although shortened rotations should cut down on the fireworks. 4. Red Sox vs. Giants Played before: 1912 (Should have been played before but wasn't: 1904) Barry Bonds in the Series at Fenway Park. Sounds like a classic. 5. Athletics vs. Braves Played before: 1914 The starting pitcher matchups won't be as fun as they would have been last year. 6. Athletics vs. Giants Played before: 1905, 1911, 1913, 1989 Their last meeting sure seems like it happened yesterday, but the only players active for even part of 2003 from that Series were Rickey Henderson and Matt Williams. 7. Yankees vs. Cubs Played before: 1932, 1938 The Cubs are dying to get on the board against the Yankees in a World Series. Check that. The Cubs are dying to get into a World Series regardless of whom it might be against. 8. Yankees vs. Marlins Played before: never Would Yankee transplants and travelers turn Pro Player into a second New York homefield advantage? 9. Red Sox vs. Cubs Played before: 1918 The pre-postseason odds make this a middle-of-the-pack possibility, but the cosmic odds are infinite. What would a Game 7 box seat ticket cost at Fenway Park? $5,000? $7,500? I was going to write that you have to love the notion of two series being played eight decades apart in the exact same ballparks except that the Cubs used Comiskey in 1918 to host their games. 10. Athletics vs. Cubs Played before: 1910, 1929 A rematch of the two clubs that played one of the most memorable World Series games ever. That infamous (in Chicagoland) 10-8 A's victory in Game 4 saw the Cubs blow an 8-0 lead in the seventh inning and never recover, losing the next day to end it. 11. Red Sox vs. Marlins Played before: never The Kevin Millar Series. 12. Athletics vs. Marlins Played before: never The Marlins and A's would make for a contrast of styles. A dichotomy of attitudes. The Marlins stole the most in the majors while the A's stole the second-fewest. Conversely, the A's were caught the least while the Marlins were caught the most. Who won this battle of philosophies? Well, they both got this far, didn't they? The Marlins were also second in the majors in sacrifices while the A's were second from the bottom. 13, Twins vs. Braves Played before: 1991 If they can recreate the excitement of Game 7 from '91, I say let them have at it! 13. Twins vs. Giants Played before: 1924, 1933 Barry Bonds at the Metrodome. Sounds like a classic. 15. Twins vs. Cubs Played before: never The two fourth-seeds making it to the top? What is this, the NHL? 16. Twins vs. Marlins Played before: never This is the one that will have the network executives edging out onto ledges to contemplate swan dives or pikes into oblivion. Which doesn't mean it wouldn't make for a great Series. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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