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The World Series

Twenty bucks says the first word Tim Lincecum said after this photo was taken was, "Duuuuuude!"(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Twenty bucks says the first word Tim Lincecum said after this photo was taken was, "Duuuuuude!"(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's the end of the end, the last gasp of a six-month long march through purgatory by hundreds of players and millions of fans, all looking for the path to baseball salvation. The World Series begins tonight with perhaps the one and only pitching matchup that could actually outdo Lincecum vs Halladay.

On one side, you have again the Tiny Tornado of Terror, Tim Lincecum. On the other, the Sultan of Strikes, El Capitan of Control, the Pasty Prince of Precise Pitch Positioning, Cliff Lee. It should be a night to remember as these pitching pugilists go at it for nine rounds in the city by the bay.

 Okay, now that I've done my huckstering for the day, I'm picking the Rangers, and rooting for them as well. I actually like a lot of things about the Giants, but would prefer not to see a lineup composed of Aubrey Huff and Mike Fontenot winning the World Series. It's the sort of justification for stupidity I would prefer to avoid. Plus, I'm a little afraid if the Giants do somehow win it Tony La Russa will have to install windshield wipers on his television. (Just pause and let that image sink in for a moment.) On the other hand, I really admire the way the Rangers have been built from the ground up, and so that's where I'm throwing my allegiance.

Honestly, I don't really have much to say today. With the Series just starting it still feels a little early to me to begin Hot Stove posting in earnest, with the exception of any actual news that happens along. Since there's none of that, I'm just going to leave this thing open. I know it sucks our team met such an ignominious end this season, but there's still baseball being played, and it doesn't involve any of the super-spenders, and Fox is going to be losing its collective mind over the awful, awful ratings. So plenty of stuff to be happy about. So grab a beer, grab a seat, and enjoy the last baseball we'll see for four months.

The Baron's Playlist for the 27th of October, 2010 -- Halloween Bash

"Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett

"Haunted House" - Jumpin' Gene Simmons

"We Such Young Blood" - Radiohead

"Same Ghost Every Night" - Wolf Parade

"Kill My Baby" - Nick Curran and the Lowlifes

"Li'l Red Riding Hood" - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

"Dead Man Blues" - Jelly Roll Morton

"Skeleton Man" - Evangelicals

"Thirty-Three" - Smashing Pumpkins

"I Put a Spell on You" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

"The Swan" - The Zombies

"The Boogie Monster" - Gnarls Barkley

"Monsters" - Band of Horses

"Blue Flowers" - Dr. Octagon

"Season of the Witch" - Donovan

"The Ghost" - Deer Tick

"Friday the XIII" - Deer Tick

"The Shankhill Butchers" - Decemberists

"Fright Night (Nevermore)" - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

That's all I can think of at the moment. Have a nice Wednesday, everyone.