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And now, Baseball Gift GETTING…

The group of folks I have Christmas Eve dinner with aren’t the types to say grace, so I said it to myself while I was filling wontons by hand. My personal “grace” went something like this:

Dear God, Creator, Universe, thank you for this winter holiday that brings all friends and family together every year to enjoy the bounty of each other’s company and good food and drink. Thank you for this season of celebration.

And thank you for bringing the World Championship to the New York Yankees, and for this winter season of celebration throughout which we can enjoy the reign of joy of our team. Thank you for the blessings of Hideki Matsui’s bat and for exorcising Alex Rodriguez’s demons and for making our new stadium into a home.

Amen.

So this year my friends pooled their money and got me the gigantic DVD collection of all 65 World Series films!

(I also got this year’s DVD of the 2009 championship, and the 8 DVD set of all the actual games, which will be a lot of fun to watch since I was present at most of the games but haven’t seen the broadcasts of them.)

But back to the complete collection of World Series films. I am thinking I’ll review each year separately, or at least the top 20? But rather than just working my way through chronologically, I thought it might be fun to look first at the years you all nominate as your favorites first.

So please reply to this post with what year(s) you think I should see first and why! (You don’t have to leave a real name and email address if you don’t want to, it just has to look plausible to the software.)

Reviews will come soon!

(Did you enjoy reading this blog entry? Please consider buying me a hot dog.)

6 Comments

  1. winenegress wrote:

    Cecilia, what a challenge. I would probably go for any of the Brooklyn Yankees series. Iif it were my fandom at helm, I would watch the brooming of the Astros by the White Sox since I was in the hospital and I missed it. This is a lovely problem to have by the way.

    Friday, December 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Selfishly, I would pick the 1944 World Series, which was a not very exciting affair between the Cardinals and Browns. But it’s the only World Series my mom, who grew up as a huge baseball fan in St. Louis, ever got to go to. She went on her 15th birthday.

    Friday, December 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  3. Matthew B. Tepper wrote:

    1969, for the Miracle Mets!

    Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 3:15 am | Permalink
  4. Rob wrote:

    I’d go with 1975. The World Series is often dramatic, often epic, often almost magical – but even though the Red Sox lost to the Reds (a personal downer) – this one just seems to be the one that jumps out at me as “special among specials”. 2004 lacked drama (the ALCS in 2003/2004…now there you had drama), or I’d go for that simply because it’s the year the Sox won.

    I’d say the 2001 World Series comes a close second for transcending even the normal epicness of Word Seriesdom.

    Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Permalink
  5. bex wrote:

    1991 might have been the best WS of all time and it’s really underrated, so watch that. I echo the recommendations of 1975 and 2001 too (though as a Yankee fan, I just can’t bring myself to watch the 2001 WS DVD).

    Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1:02 am | Permalink
  6. sue wrote:

    1956 –the only postseason perfect game–can’t get more dramatic than that!

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 1:20 am | Permalink

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