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200 Miles From the Citi


October 26, 2010 8:15 PM

The World Series Of My Dreams

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There are days when I am at school that I have no idea what is happening in the outside world.

Tuesday was one of those days.

Before I left the building for the day, I was able to pop onto the internet and I found out the World Cup-picking octopus Paul died.  I thought that would be the perfect introduction to this entry.

When I got home, it seemed more and more like Paul's death was old news.  And it seemed like it would be more of a dated reference than I wanted leading into this recap of my World Series pick.

So I'm not going to write about old news...and I'm not going to tell you any more about me being behind the curve.

Because this is a story about how I was way ahead of the curve when it comes to the 2010 World Series.


As you know by now (any reader of this site, follower on Facebook, or twitter follower of @200miles_citi may be tired of hearing this), back in March I picked the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants as the teams that would face off in the 2010 World Series.  The pick was part hard work, part baseball know-how, and a whole lot of luck.

Hard work because I put a lot of time and effort into my baseball previews this year.  I broke the season down with a common theme for each division, highlighted some key players for each team, and then gave division standings with reasons why I picked what I did.

Baseball know-how because, well, for 6 months out of the year, I spend a lot of time watching, reading about, and watching more baseball.  I felt that the 2010 picks I put together were the most researched I had ever had.  I was on this year - I even won my fantasy league.

But boy, was I lucky.  Even though I bought into the Texas pitchers, no way did I factor in a post-season ace like Cliff Lee.  Because even though I still think Texas would have won the AL West without Lee, they don't get out of the first round if they don't have him anchoring their staff.

Luck because I was wrong in a whole lot more places in my picks than I was right.  I couched my AL East pick multiple times with the disclaimer that I picked Tampa Bay over the Yankees just to be different...and the Yankees over the Red Sox because the Sox had too many question marks.  (Hey, I was right about that!)  I picked the Cubs (!) to win the NL Central (the only division in which I didn't pick the correct winner), and I had the San Diego Padres in last place in the NL West.

My reasoning for the Giants included Matt Cain being a Cy Young winner (he had a strong season, but not Cy Young-caliber), Pablo Sandoval being an offensive force, and Freddy Sanchez being the impact player he wasn't quite able to be because of injury.  (I was right about the offense being just enough to get the pitching to the post-season.)

I missed on Cain, but I just took a look at my award picks - man, I might have nailed a couple of those too.  But I also picked Rich Harden as the AL Cy Young...I guess there's another instance of luck - my Rangers pick really hinged on Harden having a great year.  He was not good.

So there you have it.  Further proof that, as I told my pal Justin at Sports Crackle Pop! this week (I take no responsibility for obscenities in the titles of interviews featuring me), when I don't pick with my heart (read: the Mets winning it all) and rely on what I know, I increase my chances of nailing the World Series pick.

So I picked the Rangers-Giants World Series.  I'm pretty proud of it - I can't imagine there are many people in the world who saw this coming.  I picked it in March and spent every day of the baseball season thinking about it - Saturday night, when the Giants won and it became reality, was very exciting for me.  I'm going to eat up the attention it brings me and then see where this leads.  Maybe a talk show appearance.  Maybe another interview on a website.  Maybe a few more followers on twitter.

If nothing else, I know of an aquarium in Germany that may just be in the market for a prognosticator.

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