World Series Predictions

A year’s supply of Hershey bars goes to the winning manager of this year’s World Series.

Why? Well, both managers graduated from Pennsylvania high schools. Terry Francona from New Brighton in western Pennsylvania and Joe Maddon from Hazleton in the eastern portion. Guessing that Hershey is somewhere near the midway point thus the candy prize.

So, which team will win?

Larry Bowa: “Cubs in six. It will be a good series but the Cubs have better starting pitching and a very balanced offense.”

Mike Schmidt: “Cubs, best all-around team.”

Mickey Morandini: “Cubs in 5 because they are that good.”

Greg Luzinski: “Gotta go with my hometown boys. Cubs in 6. The curse is broken.  Cubs pitching will prevail.”

Charlie Manuel: “I think it will be close but I like the Indians. Good starting pitching for a 7-game series and a lot of ways to score. They have a real good bullpen. They’re gonna test Lester on the bases, they have power, speed and defense. They have been playing their best baseball, best of any team in the postseason.”

Tom McCarthy: “Cubs in six. Indians pitching is sound, particularly the bullpen, but
I don’t think they can match up with the Cubs starting pitchers. Position by position, the Cubs offense is better in my view.”

Scott Franzke: “I guess the Cubs are the easy pick since they’re such a complete team. Their everyday lineup is just so impressive and they were without a doubt the best team I saw play this year. And since there seems to be no question that the Cubs will finally end the drought and win it all that probably means Cleveland in 6. As HK used to say, ’I don’t pick ’em, I just call the games.’ In this case, I’ll just watch and hope for something entertaining.”

Chris Wheeler: “My World Series pick is 100% emotional and personal. Terry Francona and Brad Mills are two of best people in baseball and real good friends. Tito has done an amazing job getting the Indians to the World Series. I would like to see them defy the experts and have another parade in Cleveland.”

Larry Andersen: “I predict the Cubs or Indians will win it all. The Indians, because they have one of the best managers in baseball (providing he’s not managing the Phillies) AND the fact that they drafted me, which reminds me they have some very smart people running that organization. I predict the Cubs will win because goats are no longer allowed in the stadium. Overall, I honestly see it as ‘pick em.’”

Today in Phillies World Series
October 25, 2008–WS #3 at Citizens Bank Park: Fifteen years and a 91-minute rain
delay later the World Series returned to Philadelphia. Jamie Moyer holds Tampa Bay to
three runs in 6.1 innings and Phillies win, 5-4, on a walk-off infield hit by Carlos Ruiz in
the ninth inning. Phillies take 2-1 series lead.

The Phillies hit three home runs, Ruiz in the second inning and Chase Utley and Ryan
Howard back-to-back in the sixth inning. The game-winning hit by Ruiz barely traveled
30 feet but third baseman Evan Longoria couldn’t make a play allowing Eric Bruntlett to
score.

Because of the rain delay, the game didn’t begin until 10:06 p.m. but 45,900 fans stuck
it out and were rewarded.

World Series Phun Fact
Phillies won their first ever World Series game, 3-1, over the Boston Red Sox, October 8, 1915, at Baker Bowl. RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander scattered eight singles in a complete game win.

Babe Ruth, an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher who led the AL with 18 wins, was used as a pinch-hitter, his first WS appearance and only one in this Series. He grounded to first base in the ninth inning.


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One of the rare artifacts from the 1915 World Series is the program sold at Phillies games in Baker Bowl. Courtesy: Hunt Auctions

Thoughts and Prayers
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, his wife, Mary, and their family. Jim is recovering from a stroke in a hospital near his Kentucky home. He was hospitalized a week ago.
“Thanks to the attention of the doctors and nurses, he has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery,” Bunning’s family said in a statement. “The Bunning Family wants to thank the first responders and medical personnel who have been treating Dad. We sincerely appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all who are concerned about our father’s health.”
From Cincinnati.com: Family friend Rick Robinson, who worked with Bunning while he served in Congress before moving to the Senate, reported Friday that Bunning was in good spirits and watched the postseason baseball games.

Bunning, who turned 85 on Sunday, pitched for the Phillies twice, 1964-67 and 1970-71, during a 17-year major league career. He annually participated in the Phillies Alumni Weekend. Politically he served as a Ft. Thomas, KY, City Councilman, Kentucky State Senator, a member of the US House of Representatives and Senate. He retired from politics in 2010.

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He and fellow Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts (right) threw out the first ball
before World Series Game #5, November 2, 2009, at Citizens Bank Park.

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