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Wednesday October 14, 2009 10:02 pm

The Fall Classic is bound to be a classic indeed

Joe TorreWhat could be better for Major League Baseball than this year’s final four? The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Yankees continue the road to the World Series begins Thursday night, and regardless of whom defeats whom, fans around the nation stand to win. One of four World Series scenarios awaits, and whichever it may be, it’s guaranteed to be excellent.

Scenario #1: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels. A true ‘Battle of California’. While not very appealing to those on the Eastern Seaboard, there is some anticipation and excitement to be found in the City of Angels. These two teams have a lot to prove, and there would be a lot more at stake than just a set of World Series rings; as any local bandwagon jumper would be sure to buy a hat or two based on who is left standing.

Scenario #2: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Angels. Perhaps the series with the least appeal, it would still feature one of the best each league has to offer. With people now believing in the defending champion Phillies and the Angels bringing more appeal than last year’s would-be Cinderella Rays, a Series between these two would certainly draw some attention.

Scenario #3: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees. While this is not the absolute ideal World Series matchup, this one isn’t far behind. To have the defending World Series Champions take on the all-time World Series Champions would be great. The Phillies would also be attempting to become the first team to repeat since the Yankees did it in 1999 and 2000.

Scenario #4: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees. This would be a true clash of the titans. The Dodgers’ NL-best 95 wins against the Yankees’ AL-best 103 wins would certainly have fans glued to their television sets. We were teased last year with the idea of former Yankee manager Joe Torre’s return to Old Yankee Stadium, but that dream evaporated when the Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Now, Joe can make his return to the Big Apple in style, bringing his new National League flair along with him.

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