SAN FRANCISCO -- Welcome to the city by the Bay for our coverage of the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. It's a glorious, sunny fall day with temperatures expected to push 70. Too bad there's not a game tonight. Still, there's plenty of activity today at AT&T Park as the players and managers meet the media for the first time in the series.
The day before the World Series used to be a hodge-podge affair where everyone piled into clubhouses and the visiting team showed up on a plane two hours before it started. It was chaotic and really not befitting the game's premier event.
Last year, MLB decided to hold a Super Bowl-style day-before circus, utilizing the monstrous Great Hall of Yankee Stadium, and it was widely hailed as a fabulous idea. Players got done with the media (you're not allowed in the clubhouses today) and the media got 45 minutes to go around the room and get any player from either team, just like it's done at the All-Star Game. So we're trying it again today in what's called "Triples Alley" of AT&T Park. That's the hallway in right field and deep right center that you see folks knot-holing to watch the game from when you're watching on TV.
The schedule, however, is on Pacific Time so it will be a while before anyone speaks. Here's The MLB email detailing how it will go today (I made everything Eastern time for you and the benefit of my editors!):
4:45-5:30: Rangers availability, Triples Alley/Arcade Area
5:30-5:45: Rangers Manager Ron Washington, Interview Room
5:45-6:00: Rangers Game One starting pitcher Cliff Lee, Interview Room
6:00-8:00: Rangers conduct workout
6:45-7:30: Giants team media availability, Triples Alley/Arcade Area
7:30-7:45: Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Interview Room
7:45-8:00: Giants Game One starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, Interview Room
8:00-10:00: Giants conduct workout
So stayed tuned later today for more from the World Series. And be sure to join our World Series chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. as we get set for Game One.