KANSAS CITY -- The World Series no one would have predicted in March -- or three weeks ago -- gets under way tonight in Kauffman Stadium as the upstart Kansas City Royals meet the San Francisco Giants, who are suddenly in position to become the team of the 21st Century. The first pitch on FOX is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET
The Giants, remember, had never won a World Series after heading West to San Francisco from New York until they finally broke through in 2010 in Texas. Now they can win a third one in five years. Only the Boston Red Sox have won three since the calendar hit 2000 and it took the Sox 10 years to do that.
Another Giants win this year would be truly historic. Since 1920, the only teams to win as many as three in five years are the Yankees multiple times (last 1998-2000), the Oakland Athletics of 1972-74, and the St. Louis Cardinals of 1942-44-46.
There was plenty of chatter about that factoid Monday on Media Day and you'll read plenty more of it here and in the pages of The Buffalo News throughout the series.
Here's a look at today's coverage in The News:
The Royals enter the series as The Greatest Show in Sports -- No one has ever opened a postseason 8-0 like the Royals and consider what it took to get to this point. They won four games in extra innings, including the first three they played. There were four one-run wins, five games won in the final at-bat.
But waiting to spoil the Kansas City party is the ace of the postseason -- Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner has been there and done that before, posting 15 scoreless innings over World Series starts in 2010 and 2012.
I make my prediction -- Regular readers know my belief that the World Series is a completely different animal than other rounds of the playoffs. Unless you've been in it before, you won't know how big it is until you get there.
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