Game 1: Cardinals 7, Tigers 2
That is the scene at 1 a.m. ET at Comerica Park. The first rain is just now approaching, and now all eyes will be on the weather for Sunday night. It is expected to rain much of the day, and the hope is that it will taper off for 7:30 gametime, but you can’t help but look at the word "snow" in that forecast for late in the evening and think back to the 1997 World Series in Cleveland or even last year’s cold/wet Game 2 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Either way, it won’t exactly be Spring Training conditions. It’s late October in the upper Midwest. Get ready.
Game 1 will be remembered for at least a couple of things: Pitching to Albert Pujols, and the pitching of Cardinals rookie Anthony Reyes. St. Louis has just stolen home-field advantage away from the American League, which will not have a third consecutive World Series sweep. Tigers fans are relying on Kenny Rogers being the same guy who shut down the Yankees and A’s at Comerica in the last two rounds. Jeff Weaver will be on the other side for the Cardinals, and he has been much better this postseason than his regular-season numbers.
The 102nd World Series has one game in the books, and it wasn’t what most people expected. That’s life in the 2006 postseason. Let’s hope for playable conditions, and if that falls through, then there’s always a Vince Gill concert about 300 feet away at the nation’s original Fox Theatre.