World Series Dream Come True?

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World Series Dream Come True?
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(Zell's Pinstripe Blog)

Entering this season, I thought about what my dream 2009 World Series would be. I picked the New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers.

These are two teams loaded with rich history and have one of the most well-known rivalries in Major League Baseball. The rivalry began when the two teams met in the 1941 World Series. These two teams have met each other more times than any other pair of teams in the American and National Leagues. Not only that, but they have played against each other in eleven World Series. 

These two teams hated each other back in the day. They shared a stage in one of the best baseball towns in the country. The last time these two teams met was in 2004, when they played a 3-game interleague series. The Dodgers won the series, as they took 2/3 games. They haven’t played each other in a regular season since than. The last time they played each other in the Fall Classic was in Game 6 of the 1981 World Series.

Let’s also think about all of the players who played in this rivalry. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Don Larsen, Don Newcombe, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, and many more.

The LA Dodgers are being managed by former Yankee manager, (& fan favorite) Joe Torre. Joe Girardi would lead the Yankees onto the field. This is the same guy who worked under Torre as a bench coach during the 2005 season.  He also played for him for four seasons, from 1996-1999.

Joe Torre has spoken to reporters about a possible return to Yankee Stadium. He said he has no future plans to make a trip to see the new ballpark, so wouldn’t it be something if they could meet him in the World Series? He joked with reporters saying that he wouldn’t mind returning in October. It would sure be nice. I can’t even imagine how big his standing ovation would be. Let’s not forget that this guy reached the post season each year with the Yankees and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, four World Series titles, and compiled a .605 winning percentage.

New York and Los Angeles are the two largest cities in the United States, so it would get a lot of attention and media coverage. The Dodgers currently have the best record in Major League Baseball, with a record of (W-L) 64-40. The Yankees sit atop the AL East with a record of (W-L) 63-42. Lastly, you will have two of the most controversial sports figures out there who both took steroids in Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. It could certainly happen, but we have to wait and see how things pan out.

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