I was wrong. I was wrong about the Rangers and I was wrong about the Giants. I generally am pretty accurate about sports predictions especially baseball, but this time I was completely and utterly wrong.
I said that the Rangers wouldn't beat the Rays. Wrong. I said that the Rangers probably wouldn't beat the Yankees. That the Yankees would somehow come back to win. Wrong. I said the Rangers wouldn't go to the World Series. Wrong. Not only did they get to the World Series for the first time in their franchise history - they did it convincingly. The Rangers are for real and as I said in another article - teams made up of people who've been given second chances are very, very dangerous. They want to win more than others.
I said that the Giants would never beat the Phillies. Wrong. I thought they were completely overmatched at all parts of the game. Wrong. I thought that the Phillies would sweep them in 4. Wrong. The Giants have that something you can't put a name to. Call it mojo, call it magic, call it superstition....call it whatever you want, the Giants have it in spades. They believe in their mojo. They are convinced that it will see them through to the end. Their players are quirky and a little strange. Unwashed hats, red thongs, dyed black beards...they have mojo working everywhere. And they put down the reigning world champ Phillies. Mojo indeed.
Now comes the World Series and I'm almost afraid to make a prediction. I believe that either of these teams can win. It may come down to want to versus mojo. Who will have the stronger belief in the end. I have to say I hope the Rangers win - they have so many second chance stories, they've never been in this game, it would be a real feel good win. And I believe they can win. But those Giants, that mojo, that magic.....it's still there. This may turn out to be one of the best World Series we've seen in a while - and on that I hope I'm not wrong.