All You Need to Know Before Game One

As we prepare to take in game one of the World Series tonight in AT&T Park, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation offers a retrospective on the Tigers and Giants franchises and why, despite 112 seasons of co-existence, this is their maiden face-off in the Fall Classic.

Take a moment too to review the easy-to-read, easy-to-digest summary of the likely starters for much of the series that Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran and Jay Jaffe prepared.

Their colleague, Joe Sheehan, suspects that this series might encourage big-league skippers to better utilize their bullpens. (Alas, I remain doubtful that logic will prevail anytime soon.)

Meanwhile, be sure to check out Ken Davidoff of the New York Post and his annual “list of the 10 most interesting people in the World Series.”

If your eyes could use a break, listen to the most recent ESPN.com Baseball Today podcast, with Eric Karabell and Keith Law.

And don’t forget about ESPN.com’s Paul Lukas, who provides a handy guide for uniform watching over the next several days.

P.S. On Opening Day, I picked Detroit to win the whole enchilada, so naturally I will now pick the Tigers Giants to triumph in six games, with the Big Panda taking MVP honors.

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