Twenty-four interesting aspects of this year's World Series teams
This is only the second time in 90 years that two teams never to win a World Series for the city they currently represent will meet in the Fall Classic. The only previous time was in 1992, when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves.
The Texas Rangers have been around since 1972 after starting as the second incarnation of the Washington Senators (who also never won the World Series) in 1961. The Giants have been in San Francisco since 1958. So a lot of losing will be put behind, by someone at least.
As Clint Hurdle, himself a two-time loser in the World Series, would say, something's got to give.
By the way, with the Rangers' coronation as the American League entry, the Mariners and Nationals are now the only teams never to reach a World Series. Sound good for next year's World Series matchup?
But first, in honor of Giants legend Willie Mays and the jersey number he made famous, here are 24 interesting things about this year's entrants:
• As expected, Sandy Alderson is being hired as GM of the Mets, as SI.com reported first. Alderson brings added credibility to the front office. It just seemed like team owner Fred Wilpon wanted Alderson from the start. But not everyone thought it was the right choice. I would have opted for the other finalist, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, or waited a week to see about getting Daniels. "Daniels was a home run. As usual the Mets settled for a single,'' one competing GM said. However, contrary to one report, Daniels never called the Mets to ask them to wait for him, sources said. He's in the World Series, after all. Who'd really believe he'd be calling the Mets for a job now? Byrnes was said by the
• Greenberg said again that he expects his contract negotiations with Daniels to be "short and sweet.'' What about free-agent-to-be Cliff Lee? Greenberg said, "We hope they end up being sweet but they probably won't be short." As for how the
• Joe Girardi's negotiations with the Yankees aren't expected to take too long, as the Cubs are no longer an option and New York is expected to offer $9 million over three years off a disappointing season. Not bad work is you can get it.