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25 World Series questions

The Fall Classic begins tonight. I have a few questions about what we can expect.

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Welcome to the 28th Purple Row edition (and 133rd overall) of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we're gearing up for the series that represents the pinnacle of baseball. Let's get into it...

The MLB postseason just might be the best sports tournament in the world. I love it. Night after night throughout October, baseball fans are treated to intense, must-watch showdowns among the game's best teams. This year's postseason has been, for the most part, pretty great. There have been some clunkers, but we had three Game Fives in the Divisional Round and an epic Game Six in the ALCS.

And we're not done yet! One last series separates us from the cold, dark winter that's lurking in the shadows. So, before the World Series begins tonight, I have a handful of not-so-serious questions about what we should be expecting during the handful of games that will end the 2015 MLB season..

  • Will Daniel Murphy homer in every inning or just most of them?
  • Will Wade Davis strikeout every batter he faces or just most of them?
  • Will Lorenzo Cain score from first on a sacrifice fly?
  • How many times will the announcers talk about Matt Harvey's pitch count tonight?
  • Which of the Mets' "Big Three" of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard is the most fun to watch?
  • Will any of the Royals' starters be able to go toe-to-toe with those guys?
  • How many brawls will Yordano Ventura start?
  • Will any pitcher or position player have a performance that cements himself in my memory the way Madison Bumgarner did with his historic performance last year?
  • Will Franklin Morales pitch in the World Series?
  • Will Michael Cuddyer hit in the World Series?
  • Will Franklin Morales and Michael Cuddyer face each other in the World Series?
  • Will Franklin Morales and Michael Cuddyer face each other in extra innings of Game Seven of the World Series?!?
  • How is a New York team coming off so likable and hard to hate?
  • Am I the only person who thinks Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer looks a lot like musician Shakey Graves?
  • Will Twitter ever stop bitching about the great Joe Buck?
  • How long will it take for Harold Reynolds to embarrass himself?
  • What will the TV ratings for this series look like?
  • Is it okay that I don't really care about TV ratings and just want good baseball?
  • Remember when the NFL didn't play on Sunday night when the World Series was taking place?
  • How am I going to handle the conflict of Broncos vs. Packers and World Series Game Five at the same time on Sunday night?
  • Will any of those focus group dorks in the Chevy commercial finally catch one of the eggs that Chevy Focus Group Guy throws at them?
  • Will this person stand up and throw the egg back in Chevy Focus Group Guy's stupid bearded face like we all want them to?
  • How many more Fan Duel commercials will it take before I throw my coffee table through my TV and head for the hills with a supply of canned goods and bottled water?
  • Can the powers that be please make this series go seven games?
  • Can we PLEASE bring back this guy for the MVP presentation?

If you can provide answers to any of these questions, feel free to hit up the comment section.

Anyway, I guess I'll take the Mets in six. The Royals are incredibly fun to watch and impossible to kill and balanced and deep and smart and talented. But that Mets pitching, man. I just don't see how a team can win four times against that rotation. Either way, it should be a fun series and I'm very much looking forward to it.

Who do you like?

Now we proceed to the weekly departments:

Stud of the week:

Mike Moustakas gets the nod this week, not because of his postseason performance, but because of this subtle, innocent little point. It was probably the best moment from Game Six, which was one of the best sporting events of the year.

Ass of the week:

First, I saw this awesome and fun celebration...

...Then I saw that MLB wants to ban such celebrations, because this 2015 and fun is not allowed.


Vine(s) of the week:

It's all about the reaction of this man when he realizes what he has just said.

Tweet of the week:

My browser translated this tweet to English like this: "Wakayama tour today! Before there was a battle on and off the playing field tempu Seki, sakigake Peng, heaven, "

I dunno, just watch the large sumo wrestlers race each other barefoot. It's wonderful.

A whole bunch of other stuff from around the internet:

Having Pete Rose in the both for the ALCS was in interesting experience. First came this beatuiful moment.

Then, I enjoyed the confusion on his face when the FS1 crew revealed to him that he was a meme.

Also from FS1 on Friday night... The broadcast incorrectly ran a graphic advertising the Royals in the World Series long before Game Six was finished. Jay and Dan had some fun with that later in the evening. Love these guys.

How many times has this cat seen "The Shining"?

Thank you for asking Kirk, but no, I'm actually pretty indifferent to the outcome of the Redskins game.

Air Force ran a pretty sleek trick play that you might have missed.

Stanford linemen like to do this kind of thing. (Keep an eye on #51.)

Some links worth sharing (lots this week!):

And finally, I call this "reluctant acceptance of wrongdoing":

I'm not sure why that makes me laugh so hard.

Happy Tuesday, everybody. Enjoy the World Series. Thanks for readin'. See ya next week.


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