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Spreading the wealth

Here’s something that occurred to me after this year’s World Series concluded: In the past ten seasons, an awful lot of teams have celebrated milestones. Consider:

In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first pennant and their first World Series title.

In 2002, the Anaheim Angels won their first pennant and their first World Series title.

In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series title since 1918.

In 2005, the Chicago White Sox won their first World Series title since 1919. They defeated the Houston Astros, who had won their first pennant.

In 2007, the Colorado Rockies won their first pennant.

In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays won their first pennant.

In 2010, the San Francisco Giants won their first World Series title since 1954. They defeated the Texas Rangers, who had won their first pennant.

So since 2001, six teams won their first pennants, three won their first-ever World Series titles, and three won their first World Series titles in over 50 years. That’s what I call hope and faith. And congratulations to the world champion San Francisco Giants.

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