The Los Angeles Times' Bill Dwyre is calling an all-L.A. World Series this year. I think this is the weakest point, though:
This year's is scheduled to be the latest-starting World Series in history, with an Oct. 28 tentative opener. That's so late that, if they don't get it here in Southern California, the most important statistic will not be earned-run average, but windchill factor.
Let's face it. Fox broadcasters, hugely invested in this two-week ratings gold mine and already strategizing as to how many more close-up shots of fans they can squeeze in between pitches, are not going to be happy with scarves and stocking caps. How horrifying it could become, on national TV, when the gobs of tobacco juice constantly spit by players freeze before hitting the dugout steps.
Contrary to what everyone said when the schedule was announced, it's not like it's a foregone conclusion that a late World Series is going to mean bad weather if a northern team is involved. Remember last year, when everyone was complaining about just how miserable it was to see the Rays and Phils freeze in Philadelphia and talking about silly neutral site scenarios? Around that time -- i.e. the first week of November -- Philadelphia was experiencing clear, 60 degree evenings. New York, Boston and Chicago's game time temperatures were in the 50s. It was pretty nice, as it often is nice in the northeast and Midwest that time of year.
Sure, it could turn into coldpocalypse, but I wish everyone would, um, chill out about it.