October 21, 2006
Well the match-up is finally set. The 2006 World Series will be a sequel to the 1968 series with the Detroit Tigers facing the St. Louis Cardinals. This is an unlikely outcome to a post season that has been filled with strange results. The Detroit Tigers began the year with a fairly uneventful April that led to their manager Jim Leyland raking the players over the coals during a news conference. This obviously intensified the Tigers and for much of the year they played some of the best baseball in the major leagues. But as the season came to an end, the Tigers faltered and lost the American League Central division title reaching the play-offs as the wild card team. The St. Louis Cardinals came into the season as one of the favorites for the National League Central division along with the Houston Astros. The Cardinals had a roller coaster run during the regular season and in September they faltered finally clinching a play-off spot on the last day of the season. Few people gave them much of a chance against the San Diego Padres in the first round and gave them even a lesser chance against the New York Mets in the League Championship series. In each case the Cardinals pitching staff rose to the occasion which brings us to game one of the World Series.