October 2011

World Series pick: It’s in the Cards

Wednesday, October 19

ST. LOUIS — About 25 minutes remain before the first pitch of Wednesday night’s World Series opener between St. Louis and Texas, so I had better file this fast.

The smart money says that the Rangers will do what they couldn’t accomplish against the Giants last year and shall win the Series. Yes, they can hit. Yes, they can run. Yes, their bullpen is deep and overpowering.

Check ESPN.com. All but four of their 25 baseball “experts” picked the Rangers to capture the Series. Who am I to argue with those guys?

But I believe that home-field advantage and Tony LaRussa’s managerial acumen could help the Cardinals overcome at least part of whatever theoretical disadvantage they might face. St. Louis also has Albert Pujols, the National League’s top player and maybe the best in all of baseball. That counts for something.

So, here’s my prediction: St.Louis in six games.

 — Chris Haft

Wilson seals the deal for Taco Bell

Wednesday, Oct. 5

SAN FRANCISCO — Even if you think Brian Wilson became more of a celebrity and less of a ballplayer in 2011, his new commercial probably will still make you laugh.

Wilson is featured on Taco Bell’s latest advertisement, which will air Thursday during the Tigers-Yankees Division Series telecast. It will continue to air through the postseason on the networks airing League Championship and World Series  games.

A publicity release said that Wilson’s spot is a follow-up to last year’s commercial with Yankees close Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Girardi, in which Girardi has to call in Rivera to finish a customer’s XXL Chalupa because it’s too big.

What’s unintentionally funny is that the health-conscious Wilson probably wouldn’t eat Taco Bell products if he had a choice. But one must cash in on one’s fame while it remains possible to do so.

Chris Haft