Juan Uribe hit a home run in the eighth inning of Game 6 on Saturday to lift the Giants to the World Series where they’ll meet the Texas Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Yankees in Game 6 the day before, behind Colby Lewis’s eight innings of one run ball. The World Series begins Wednesday.Both the Rangers and Giants played the role of little-known underdog in the previous series, so cue a week’s worth of concerns over ratings. But it will probably be overblown. Dallas-Ft. Worth is the country’s fifth biggest market, and San Francisco is the sixth biggest — not far behind first-place and fourth-place New York and Philadelphia.
Fortunately, there are a few other intriguing plots to follow:
- Here are two fanbases that have never cheered a champion. The Giants last won a World Series in 1954 when they played in New York, and the Rangers haven’t won dating all the way back to their Washington Senators days.
- Bengie Molina could earn a World Series winner’s bonus no matter the outcome. He was a clubhouse leader for the Giants for more than three seasons before they shipped him to Texas, where he starts at catcher, back in July.
- Both teams managed to build an efficient roster, despite having to burden at least one albatross contract. The Rangers still owe A-Rod about $25 million and the Giants are on the hook for three more seasons of starting pitcher Barry Zito at $54 million. Neither player will take the field during the World Series.
- Game 1 starters: Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum
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