ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – We've gone inside the numbers and outside the box.
We've broken it all down, 'til there's nothing left but dust and some old Sabermetric equation in which the answer was 42, remainder 3½.
We've asked all the important questions and learned that, yes, Phillies reliever Chad Durbin recently signed an autograph while buying ice cream at the grocery store.
And, so, who will win the 104th World Series? We'll all find out together.
With that, we take a look inside the critical matchups leading up to Game 1:
Managerial top-step signature move:
Phillies: Sloppy pants hoist
Rays: Reflective horned-rim adjustment
Phillies: Natural grass
Rays: Old ski-lodge carpet
Phillies: Liberty Bell
Rays: Legends Field (Yankees spring training)
Phillies: White hankies
Phillies: Bleacher taunts
Phillies: David Montgomery, Phillies lifer
Rays: Stu Sternberg, Goldman Sachs partner
Phillies: Mitch Williams' pitch to Joe Carter
Rays: Ballpark pitch to city and county leaders
Phillies: VUK in heaven
Rays: Zim on bench
Phillies: NL East, Brewers, Dodgers
Rays: AL East, White Sox, Red Sox
Phillies: Flyin' Hawaiian, Shane Victorino
Rays: Pinot Maddonini, Joe Maddon
Phillies: Rubber duckies
Rays: No one saw this comin'
Phillies: “Get the rubber duck out of your [rear end].”
Historical tender moment:
Phillies: Rowand kisses outfield wall
Rays: Boggs kisses home plate
Phillies: Moyer's high stirrups
Rays: Matt Garza's ear plugs
Phillies: Lights out
Rays: Whoever's nearest the phone
Phillies: Whiz Kids
Rays: Uh, Canseco? Naimoli? I'm at a loss here…
Rays: Garza, Jason Bartlett
Phillies: Hamels' changeup
Rays: Please buy tickets