Tonight the World Series returns to San Francisco for the second time in three years as the hometown Giants face off against the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-seven series to decide who takes baseball’s championship.
Considering FORA.tv is only about a mile and a half away from Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park, we might be slightly biased in which team we’re rooting for, but in the spirit of the electric atmosphere that’s pulsating throughout the city (as well as in Detroit) the following videos demonstrate the unique nature of baseball, especially inside the San Francisco Giants clubhouse, and the key role managers play in making in-game decisions.
In this first clip, Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants discuss the unorthodox nature of the team’s makeup (not to mention the proliferation of bearded players) and the role it played in helping the club win their first title since 1954.
But like every year, this matchup lends itself to more intrigue than just one club. The Detroit Tigers come to San Francisco boasting one of the best pitchers in baseball, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, as well as this year’s Triple Crown winner and 2012 MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera. In addition, the Tigers are led by 67 year old manager Jim Leyland, who led the Florida Marlins to a championship in 1997 and has won pennants in both the National and American Leagues.
Baseball Prospectus authors Kevin Goldstein and Christina Kahrl joined a Books, Inc., talk to discuss about the importance of managers, including ones like Leyland, and how they deal with large personalities that can exist inside a clubhouse.