The World Series schedule 2010 wasn’t supposed to look like this. Most thought the World Series schedule 2010 would start in Philadelphia, and then move to New York. A Phillies-Yankees rematch would have been easy to market, hype, and build up as a major showdown for the ages. Instead, FOX and baseball will have to focus on San Francisco and Texas in the next few weeks. This makes the World Series an extremely unlikely one – but such a scenario isn’t rare these days.
Last year, the league got lucky by having two powerful East Coast teams there at the end, with one of them being the Yankees. But a Rangers-Giants matchup is more in line with recent history, as the final round is used to having unfamiliar, surprising teams in the mix.
The World Series schedule 2010 isn’t even the first matchup between Western teams in the last decade. In 2002, the Giants-Angels battle was an all-California showdown between two teams that had combined to win no championships in decades. Yet that clash was the last championship round to go a full seven games, which might be a good sign for this year.
In 2008, the Phillies and Rays squared off in an ugly, rain filled matchup, while in 2007, the Red Sox ran over the Colorado Rockies. 2005 saw the White Sox and Astros, of all teams, get paired together, while the Yankees-Diamondbacks showdown is considered the best World Series in decades. And in 1997, the Marlins and Indians actually combined for a seven game clash that ended in extra innings.
Although the 2010 World Series may not be the easiest to hype and build up, those kinds of matchups often create the best drama. Last year’s Yankees-Phillies meeting was the first in years to go six games, and even that might not have happened without Cliff Lee. The 2000 Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets only went five games, and the Red Sox’s 2004 curse-breaking victory over the Cardinals had no actual thrills.
FOX and East Coast viewers may be groaning over a Rangers-Giants finale, but there are still a lot of subplots to talk about. Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum will start things off on Wednesday, which could dwarf the hype for Lincecum vs Roy Halladay in the NLCS. Josh Hamilton, Brian Wilson, Ron Washington, Bruce Bochy, Cody Ross and Buster Posey have also become headline makers in the last few weeks.
All of the worry over low ratings and low interest will go away, if the World Series schedule actually reaches six or seven games. In addition, one team will either celebrate a title for the first time ever, or for the first time since moving to the West Coast. So no matter what, this will end with an historic championship celebration.
The Giants and Rangers were the least hyped pairing going in, yet experts have three days to fix that, before the World Series schedule starts on Wednesday night.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”