The 2009 World Series begins tonight at the new Yankee Stadium between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Yankees will start C.C. Sabathia while the Phillies counter with Cliff Lee. It is worth noting that both men were teammates with the Cleveland Indians and won back to back AL Cy Young Awards with the Tribe in 2007 and 2008. So it appears we'll have a great pitching match up. Then again the score could end up 15-14.
The Phillies haven't played in a week while the Yankees last played on Sunday. This long layoff hurt the 2006 Detroit Tigers and the 2007 Colorado Rockies. Then again the Phillies are the defending World Series champions and it would be a mistake to underestimate them. The Phillies are attempting to become the first NL team to win back to back World Series since the Cincinnati Reds. The Big Red Machine won the Fall Classic in 1975 and 1976.
A couple of years ago, there was a commercial from Southwest Airlines that aired in the Boston-New Hampshire market trying to lure New Englanders to Philadelphia. Look for the guy who says Philadelphia is "like a baby New York." Southwest Airlines should re-air the commercial. If that doesn't light a fire under Phillies fans then nothing will.
Phillies in five.