The Phillies are going for an interesting five-pack: They've already played in and lost World Series to the other four current AL East teams - the Red Sox (1915), the Yankees (1950), the Orioles (1983) and the Blue Jays (1993).
Titletown USA note of the day
The Rays can put Tampa Bay in elite company. Only four other markets have had teams win a Super Bowl, a Stanley Cup and a World Series: Boston, Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh.
Free food note of the day
Carl Crawford and Jimmy Rollins pay attention: if any player steals a base during a Series game, Taco Bell will give free tacos to the whole country.
Quote of the day
Once you ... participate in a World Series, everything, your concepts, are validated. When you speak, you speak with more confidence. ... All of a sudden you knew what you were doing is right and that it works.
Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the impact of a World Series
By the numbers
1 World championship won by the Philadelphia Phillies, fewest of any of the 16 original teams. The Cubs and Indians have won only two each.
2 Phillies players were in the big leagues in 1993, the last time Philadelphia was in the World Series - pitcher Jamie Moyer and outfielder Matt Stairs. Moyer was pitching for Baltimore then while Stairs was a rookie with the Montreal Expos.
3 Teams never have played in a World Series - the Seattle Mariners, Expos/Washington Nationals and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers.
4 Wins for the Phillies in 15 interleague games in 2008. Only San Diego (3-15) had a worse interleague record. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, were 12-6 against NL teams in the regular season.
Special thanks to: Tyler Halverson, David Sanchez, Juan Urquides, Lawrence Hamilton, Louie Castillo, Myles Jones, Max Jones, Davey Scheiber, Aaron Page, Hunter Lynn, MacLeod Farley, Deklan Farley, Jackson Maylor, Zachary Maylor, Isiah Penn, Emmanuel Penn, Chris Martin, Michael Dodge, Ben Johnson and Zaki Thalji
Number of the day
61.2Percent of teams that won the Series after winning the opening game, including 10 of the past 11.
Quote of the day
I watch them at times on film. They have a good team, a tremendous team. ... They played Boston and the Yankees 18 times each, and they've played real good teams in the American League. They definitely earned everything that they've got. Nothing has been given to them. They're champions in the American League.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, on what he knows about the Rays
American League World Series dominance
The AL has dominated the World Series in recent years, which is good news for the Rays as they make their first appearance.
Since 1993 (Phillies' last World Series appearance)
American League: 9 National League: 5
Since 1983 (Phillies' second-to-last World Series appearance)
American League: 16 National League: 8
Note: The 1994 postseason was canceled by MLB after the players' strike