Photos of today’s World Series stars as awkward teenagers? Yes, please

Cameron Smith

You saw the Giants take Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, with San Francisco -- and Pablo Sandoval, more specifically -- getting to Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Can you imagine Sandoval knocking three homers off the veritable vision of garden intensity you see below?

Justin Verlander ramped up the prep intensity with a wicked mustache — USA Today via Goochland High School

You probably can, because that man is Verlander, at least in high school form. His high school portrait is just one of a handful of unforgettable faces in their younger, formative years, as compiled by the fine folks at USA Today. Looking for Buster Posey as a homecoming king? Here you go.

Yup, Buster Posey was homecoming king — USA Today via Lee County High School

How about Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry maxing in his letterman's jacket from San Diego (Calif.) Morse High? Yup, got that one, too.

Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry — USA Today via Morse High School

Of course to top it off, one can't compile a retrospective World Series gallery without the already burgeoning waist line of Prince Fielder. It's also worth noting that the younger Fielder batted an incredible .524 as a senior at Melbourne (Fla.) Eau Gallie High.

Prince Fielder as a high school senior — USA Today via Perfect Game

There's plenty more awkward or impressive teen shots to gawk at right here, so it's worth a click. Just make sure to take note of the stats on the bottom of a number of the photos, or else you might miss which current outfielder once struck out 20 batters in a seven-inning game.

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