Welcome to the World Series

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Welcome to the 2006 World Series. The last time the Tigers and Cardinals met in a Fall Classic, "blog" wasn’t even a word. Tiger Stadium is now replaced by beautiful Comerica Park, which will be the setting for Game 1 on Saturday night and Game 2 on Sunday. Busch Stadium is now replaced by beautiful new Busch Stadium, which will be the scene of Game 3 on Tuesday. The goal of this blog will be to take you behind the scenes in a different way than in previous World Series, with my notebook, a Canon Powershot A540 for pics, video uploads and a lot of friends.

To get it started, I just snagged the first official "Web Gem" of the World Series. Manager Jim Leyland has a good view of it, too. You won’t find this one anywhere else…

Just a bit on the chilly side for workout day this afternoon, but that’s to be expected and no one really cares. It’s the World Series. Last year, it was a crazy mix of cold and rain throughout Game 2 of the World Series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, and it might as well have been St. Thomas.

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Here’s your Game 1 starter for the Tigers. Rookie Justin Verlander told us during the first World Series interview-room session today that he found out about his assignment after the Cardinals finally beat the Mets in that NLCS Game 7 classic at Shea. When did he go to sleep? "I think like 2, 2:30," he said. "It’s not too bad. It’s kind of a regular schedule for me to go to bed that time and wake up at noon. But I really wanted to go to bed a little bit earlier, because I’m under the impression the night before is the most important night’s sleep. Especially when I found out they won, I went to bed and tried to go to sleep and that wouldn’t happen."

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By the way, the headline on the front of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning was so good, it is worth noting here: "Yadi! Yadi! Yadi!"

Here’s Pudge showing up for batting practice. Three years ago, he and the Marlins shocked the Cubs at Wrigley and then laughed at the Yankees’ home-field advantage in the World Series. Now he and the Tigers have the home-field advantage. "Mr. [Michael] Illitch and Dave Dombrowski came to me and told me they were going to put together a winning team," Rodriguez recalls of his signing days. "It took time, but they didn’t lie to me. Here we are in the World Series."

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The Hair. The Homer. Magglio Ordonez. . . .

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Some of the hottest seats in baseball. . ..

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This worker was busy affixing street-lamp signs outside the ballpark. The NFL’s Lions have a long way to go to help this slogan, but the Tigers are working on that one now. . .

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The Cardinals are here now, more to follow from the National League champs.

9 Comments

Loving the blog Mark.

Love the pictures and the video offers a personal feel.

Joe

http://dugoutdiary.mlblogs.com

Mark these are great photos (as usual!)!

LOVE the web gem! ESPN has nothing on you.

Enjoy it all, Mark! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mark,

Great stuff! Keep it coming!

Rafael/astrosdehouston.com

http://spacerace.mlblogs.com

Good job!Fantastic ending to game one. Go Cards!!!!

Very nice. Can’t wait to see/read more from you…

-The Baseball Collector

Go Tiger’s
I just moved to Kansas in 2004 but the Tiger’s will always be my team. So keep on Tiger’s I know you can do it.

To The Tiger Team: You did not and do not cheat, you have had your ups and downs, and when you play as one, you are unstoppable. You have worked so hard to make this dream a possibility, stick together and you will make it reality

Love this site-David Eckstein has my vote for MVP-always giving 150% to the game.

YEA ! CONGRATULATIONS.

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