Well, go figure that. It’s gunna be the San Francisco Giants against the Texas Rangers for all the marbles as 2010 becomes the year of the unexpected.
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am I the only one that Philly losing makes me feel a little better about the Yankees? Sorta like that this was just the year for underdogs, and thats just all there is to it...no use in getting upset over it.
I've always had a soft-spot for the Giants; great history, awesome ballpark, a nice fat 56 year championship drought, fans who actually care and didn't just start showing up once a bunch of Jesus freaks with mounted deer heads joined their team. And just from a personal standpoint, nothing would please me more than knowing the Ranger fans have to sit through a winter of knowing that they lost to a team of pot smoking, gay, communist, hippie, pornographers. Its just fitting.
Pelosi's over Bushes in 6.
 If the Yankees couldn't win, I certainly didn't want the Phillies to wn.
Also, my dog is from Tyler, Texas, so I'm rooting for the Rangers
 I almost always find it hard to root for the team that knocked the Yankees out. I guess I want all those people in Arlington who yelled, "Yankees Suck!" over and over again to know disappointment. Then again, it doesn't matter who we play, we'll hear that goddamn chant. Thinking back on the last few years, the only team I can recall rooting for (that beat us) was Anaheim in 2002 because I have a dislike of Barry Bonds that borders on irrational. So, I'll root for the Giants due to fan bitterness.
But I have a more important reason to root for the Giants: Cliff Lee.
Maybe I'm wrong but I think if the Rangers lose maybe Cliff won't be as enthusiastic about re-signing with Texas. He'll still be lacking a ring (maybe he'll think he needs the Yankees to get said ring); and he won't have ridden in a parade.....Just a thought.
Ratings nightmare, love it!
 I think the Yanks will have to outdo themselves to get Cliff Lee in any regard; with C.C. it was a waiting game and he was coming from a situation where he didn't even make the playoffs, so the incentive for joining the Yanks was much clearer. Lee, whether he wins or loses in the WS has the leverage to push for as much as he wants because he's beaten the Yanks in post-season and he's the only pitcher worth the Yanks' interest on the market. It might be more of a question of by how much are the Yankees willing to blow Texas away in years and money?
As for the parade; I think Texans do things big, so it wouldn't surprise me if they declared a holiday for Cliff Lee if they win. That's a lotta lovin' to get over to sign elsewhere, especially with dem damn Yankees...
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Was really hoping for giants-yankees. I’m in the minority, but i think i’m pulling for texas.
 I may be too. I've always liked the Giants, but Vlad Guerrero finally in the WS may be too much for me to resist.
i'm dying to see what mama guerrero makes for vlad during the world series.
 yeah i thought giants-yankees would be a really good, interesting, historic connections world series.
can't bring myself to root for texas though, nolan ryan, w, just too much for me.
plus the amazement of tiny pitchers like lincecum succeeding leads me to the giants.
 CC made the playoffs in 08. Dragged the Brewers almost singlehandedly across the finish line.
SF Giants once were the NY Giants. This one is a non-brainer for a Yankee fan. Texas cleaned our clock because the players and coaches let them. Texas batted .302 against us. We batted .201. SF and Philly batted .244 amd .216.Texas used to be the Washington Senators would lost their final game at RFK by a forfiet against the Yankees because of the fans raised so much hell because they were leaving for Texas. Ted Willams was their manager.
7) i tend to root for the AL and the team thatnbeats the yankees...if it is not the sox, of course. I don't concern myself much about the politics.
And of course, I WANT Nolan Ryan's vision to become reality.
it all adds up to "Go Rangers!"
 Welcome to Bronx Stream-of-consciousness.
I like the Giants, and Lincecum is a cool freak, so I'll back them. But I'm not going to be really happy if they win or really disappointed if they lose.
 Right with you on the underdogs winning, both by 4-2
Good reasons to root for either team. Rangers win and hey, we got beat by the WS champs. No shame in losing to the champions.
But I'm going to root for the Giants for two reasons:
Secondly, I watched Cody Ross play for the Mud Hens in 2003, so I've got a personal attachment to a particular player.
More importantly, the Giants pitching coach is Dave Righetti! It would be great for Rags to finally get a ring, even if it's as a coach rather than as a player
12) ooh, Rags...I forgot about him. Hmm, that makes the choice tougher.
Is it my imagination, or does Raghetti look just about exactly the same as he did 20 years ago?
 and Roberto Kelly and Bam Bam Muelens...
 Agreed. Great reason to root against the Rangers, especially when the winner supports all these things: pot smoking, gay, communist, hippie, pornographers. Count me in!!!
[12, 14] yeah you also gotta think of the ex-Yankee factor...three guys, all of whom were supposed to be the next big thing when they came up with the Yanks and for whatever reason never quite lived up. Righetti is of course the special case, pretty much the Mattingly of pitchers.
Plus I always liked Bochy, always seemed like a good manager who I always felt bad had to be steamrolled back in '98. I enjoyed beating Bobby Cox and Bobby Valentine...Bochy I just kinda felt sorry for.
 Yeah, so "technically" he made the playoffs in 2008. Good thing the rest of the team decided to stay home or else he wouldn't have been here winning it for us.
"a team of pot smoking, gay, communist, hippie, pornographers...."
Man... that is fucked up!
Not everyone is SF is a hippie!
[18, et. al.] I don't get the "pornographer" allusion. What's SF got to do with pornography? LA is the porn capital of the world. Second place would be somewhere in Florida, I'm sure.
 Sorry, I stepped on your line. That comment was very funny.
Speaking of SF hippies. What do you guys think about a "man" who dyes his beard? That's just creepy to me. Like wearing a rug. Hope I'm not offending anyone.
 He's a weird dude. He does it for effect I'm sure, which is different than wearing a toupee, which is usually done in the hopes that the wearer is pulling off some kind of deception.
I live in the Bay Area, so I've caught some of the Giants fever. I was really hoping for a Yankees-Giants Series, but since that's not going to pan out, I'm rooting for the orange and black misfits.
I give Bochy some props for pulling out the stops, even in a non-elimination game, and not messing around. His Game 6 starter was not sharp and he went straight to the bullpen. He also went to MadBum and Timmy! in an "all hands on deck" effort. Those are some lessons that Girardi could stand to learn.
If nothing else, I hope Joe G. gets the message that it is better to remove your pitcher one batter too early than one batter too late. If Hughes doesn't have it, you have to get someone else in there, even if it is rolling the dice on someone like Joba (like Bochy did by putting Affeldt in there). And stop with the IBB, the bunting, and the sliding into first base.
 FYI, it is rumored that the "dye" is actually just show polish. Don't know if that is mroe or less creepy.
 That should be "shoe polish."
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