Even if you aren’t a big sports fan, by now you know our Boston Red Sox are playing in the World Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals, or, if you prefer, the beards versus the birds:
They are even talking about it on NPR! This all seems very exciting, but what if you don’t follow sports? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is an FAQ for the non-sports fan:
What sport is this again?
Didn’t Ken Burns do a documentary on this?
Yes, it is available from the library if you are interested!
This World Series is between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, right? The last time these two teams met in the World Series, the Red Sox won in four games, it wasn’t even close! Why should I pay attention to this if it isn’t going to be competitive?
Not so fast. This time around, the St. Louis Cardinals are a much better team, and arguably come into the World Series with a better starting pitching staff. The sports experts are predicting this to be a close series.
Who are the biggest superstars in this series?
One of the most compelling aspects of this series is that, while everyone agrees these are the two best teams in all of Major League Baseball (they both topped their respective leagues with the best overall records), there are not just a few players that stand out. Both teams have several very good players on their rosters. While the St. Louis Cardinals are led by Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran, the Boston Red Sox are led by local favorites David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. The Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha and Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts are a few players to keep an eye on as well. While neither is considered to be a superstar quite yet, both of these players probably will be in the near future and might perhaps make the difference in this series.
If I want to try and enjoy the World Series this year, but I am afraid that I won’t be able to follow the game, do you have any advice?
Sure, you can always get a guide to baseball from the library, or click here for a very simple overview of baseball basics. Confused about baseball terminology? This covers some of the basics, and this official Major League Baseball page covers even more.
Are you going to make a bet with the library director in Arlington, Missouri, not unlike this bet made between the library directors of the San Francisco Public Library and the Pratt Library in Baltimore prior to the most recent Super Bowl?
I would, but unfortunately Arlington, Missouri doesn’t have a library. Of course, they don’t have a town hall either, probably because Arlington, Missouri is a ghost town.
How can I watch the games? What is the schedule for the World Series? Do the games conflict with next week’s community focus groups at the library?
Short of buying tickets to the actual games, the World Series is being televised locally on Fox 25. The full schedule can be found here. If you participate in one of the community focus groups, don’t worry, you should have enough time to get home for the first pitch at 8:07 PM on either October 28th or October 30th, should the series last that long.
Which team will win?
I can say with 100% confidence the team wearing red!