The two best teams in the American League face off Friday, giving Fox a sumptious matchup of two AL Cy Young frontrunners, C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett. Yankees-Red Sox would have been a Brooke Astor-Leona Helmsley-type grudge match -- actually, that's not fair to Ms. Astor; Helmsley in Red v. Helmsley in Black is more apt -- but it wouldn't have been sexy. We've been there, done that, and only New Yorkers like Mike and the Mad Dog could get atwitter to see that series again. Red Sox-Indians, on the other hand -- now we're talking. Now it's Elizabeth Hurley and Emmanuelle Chriqui territory. Now we Midwesterners can turn on the TV and not feel disgusted by Easterners and their utter lack of richesse oblige. Let's go, AL Central (and former Royal Paul Byrd)!
Prediction -- Red Sox in six, setting up one of the most inconceivable World Series matchups ever, two teams that have absolutely nothing in common: Rockies-Red Sox.
POSTSCRIPT: Poor Cubs.