BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Tonight the Texas Rangers face off against the St. Louis Cardinals for bragging rights in the 2011 World Series.As the two teams grind out the best of a seven-game series, there is bound to be plenty of water-cooler chat about these final games of the baseball season. To help you keep up with the conversation among sports fans, we offer here nine innings worth of things we found that you may not know about the Fall Classic:
|The San Francisco Giants celebrate their win in last year's World Series -- the team's first title since 1954.|
Though its recent predictive powers have been hit or miss, the World Series was once a fairly accurate predictor of who would win the presidency. Election year match-ups (so no such on-field punditry this year) have often reflected which league the winner came from. An American League meant victory for the Republicans; a National League win was good news for Democrats. From 1952 to 1976, that formula held true. After botching three predictions, the 2000 election of George W. Bush (following a victory by the New York Yankees) restored the pattern.