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Open Thread: 2007 World Series Game #1

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A few miscellaneous notes before diving in to the World Series:

  • For those interested in the Japanese free agents, at least one of whom (Hiroki Kuroda) might be headed to the Cubs and one other (Kosuke Fukudome) who a lot of us would like the Cubs to sign, our favorite site (for people new to BCB, we started calling MLB Trade Rumors "our favorite site" back in 2005) has an analysis of those two, plus reliever Masahide Kobayashi, posted this morning.
  • Nice story about Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and some of the mountains he had to climb to get to where he is now, at
  • Quick review of Monday night's Bruce Springsteen concert at the United Center, attended by me: man, I hope I have that much energy when I'm 58. Springsteen rocked out for two hours, pausing only briefly to make a few comments on the state of our society -- which, whether you agree with them or not, kind of made the show come to a stop for a bit. Otherwise he played several songs from his new CD, "Magic", including the new radio hit "Radio Nowhere", as well as many, many old favorites. Here's the setlist, but if you look at the handwritten list accompanying that link (note: opens .pdf file), you'll see that "Thunder Road" wasn't on it. A little kid right in front of the stage "requested" it, so Bruce played it and that, apparently, shortened what was to have been a longer encore. Bruce is a great showman and put on a great show, as always; even having one of his guitars stop working during "Promised Land" didn't faze him. This is the fourth time I've seen him, including at the Cell in 2003, and the review I wrote then isn't that different from what this show turned out to be. One big difference -- the stage was much smaller; unlike the towering presence on the field at the Cell, the UC stage was low enough that the seats behind the stage, usually "obstructed view" for concerts there, had an excellent view and Bruce even played to those seated there at times.
Enjoy the game. That is, if it doesn't rain. Gameday for World Series Game #1 (7:23 pm CT start)

UPDATE [2007-10-24 13:07:58 by Al]: See the comments for the first pictures of the field-resodding project at Wrigley Field. The field's getting dug up today!