You're Missing Out on a Great Series

The teams in this match-up make it worth watching
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2008 3:39 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford beats a throw to Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard for a bunt single during the seventh inning of Game 3.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Nobody's watching the World Series, and this year, writes Gene Wojciechowski for ESPN, everybody's missing out. Both the Rays and the Phillies came from behind to get here. They’re both managed by colorful characters: One wears a Mohawk, and the other would “rather swallow a wad of chaw.” The games are full of great rookies and vets, and “have been decided by a grand total of four runs.”

Both teams also have their showy sides. The Rays “are base kleptomaniacs,” with the postseason record for stolen bases, and the Phillies have some reliable slugging power. And if that's not good enough for you, Wojciechowski, observes, “What else do you have to do at 1:47 a.m.?”