The best reason to watch this World Series is that at some point, Ryan Howard will face David Price, and the game will probably be on the line, writes Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post. “That’s what you want to see,” says Jonny Gomes. “Power versus power in the World Series.” Both are homegrown stars and if you don’t know Price yet, you will.
“That’s our little secret weapon,” Gomes says of Price, who mowed down four Red Sox to end the ALCS. Price had pitched all of 14 Major League innings before the postseason, but his October emergence has electrified the Rays. Howard, meanwhile, is perhaps baseball’s best slugger, but hasn’t homered once in the playoffs. Howard says he isn’t worried, though; his focus is getting on base. “The home runs will come if they come.” (Read more 2008 World Series stories.)