Bring on the Fall Classic

Ian HunterCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees practices during World Series workouts on October 27, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
 

After what has seemed like an eternity since the end of the ALCS, the World Series is finally ready to get underway later tonight.

On paper, I can't say that a Yankees-Phillies matchup is one that will go down in history as one of the greatest playoff rivalries, but I'm sure some people probably thought the very same thing about the 2001 World Series between the Diamondbacks and the Yankees.

If there's one team in the National League that's built to take down the New York Yankees, it's the Philadelphia Phillies. With their combination of stellar starting pitching and an insurmountable lineup, the Yanks will have their hands full with Ryan Howard and company.

As a side note, other bloggers and media outlets have picked up this story, but did you know that this is the third straight World Series appearance for Eric Hinske?

Since being dumped by the Blue Jays, whether or not he was actually on the playoff roster, Hinske has made trips to the past three World Series. Just in case you were curious, he's made a grand total of three plate appearances and is 1-for-3 in those appearances with one home run.

Although Eric Hinske might not have any World Series rings, at least he has three different "American League Champions" sweatshirts to keep him warm through the cold, long offseason.