(Kids, ask your parents/grandparents.)
One of my pre-season amusements is to purchase baseball magazines and study their predictions, especially for who will get to the post-season. Somewhere on my other blog is an analysis of how they’ve done in seasons past.
This year PunditTracker has done the work for me.
The San Francisco Giants get set to take on the Detroit Tigers tonight in Game One of the World Series. And how many predicted this would happen?
No one. Of the nearly 60 “experts” — all from either ESPN or Sports Illustrated — eight picked the Tigers to win the American League pennant; six others picked the Giants to capture the NL flag.
But on to the important stuff:
According to SB Nation,
Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 5 of the World Series, if neither the Tigers nor the San Francisco Giants take the 2012 Series in a four-game sweep. Franklin sang the National Anthem at Comerica Park before Game 3 of the 2011 American League Championship Series.
Gospel singer Marvin Winans will sing the anthem before Game 3 in Detroit on Saturday. An anthemist has not been announced for Game 4, which will definitely be held in Detroit as well – Games 6 and 7 will be in San Francisco, if the Series goes that long. Phillip Phillips, apparently a singer of American Idol fame, will sing the National Anthem before Game 1 in San Francisco on Wednesday night. A singer for Game 2 has not yet been announced.
MLB.com is offering PrePlay, a free game app that “lets you and your friends call every shot of every game.”
How about another prediction: Since the Series is being televised by FOX, how many stars of the network’s shows will just happen to be on in attendance (and available for interview) because they’re such huge baseball fans?