Available about two seconds after Tampa Bay clinched the pennant.
After the Tampa Bay Rays blew a seven-run lead in the last three innings of the fifth game of the ALCS to give the Red Sox new life, I figured their achy breaky hearts were on the way to being broken. Boston has a history of coming back from the brink of elimination to win league series, coming back from 3-0 against the Yankees in 2004 and 3-1 against the Indians last year, so after they came back in that game, I figured they were home free after that.
The Sox held off the Rays for one more game, but lost tonight, so the 2008 World Series will feature the Tampa Bay Rays against the Philadelphia Phillies. I don't know who had that matchup before the season started! None of ESPN's so-called "baseball experts" picked the Phillies to make the World Series in their postseason picks, and only two people picked the Rays. These are two teams that weren't expected to be there, even when they both made the playoffs.
Unlike last year, I can't think of any Dr. Suess stories about Phillies and Rays, and right now can't even come up with a decent pun. Something like Phillie Ray Series = Billy Ray Cyrus, which wouldn't even pass muster at the New York Post!
As far as picks, I like Tampa Bay in a four game sweep, and think the National League should be reclassified as a minor league. With my picking prowess, this means bet the farm on the Phillies!