10/22/07 12:30 PM ET
Tale of two cities: Boston and Denver
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Rockies vs. Red Sox. New kids on the baseball block vs. the old establishment.
Denver vs. Boston. Gateway to the West vs. Cradle of the Country.
This time, the newbies had to wait on their elders. At the end of a week which had begun with the Rockies nailing down their first National League pennant, they finally learned the identity of their World Series opponents.
This Classic will be a clash of baseball cultures, between one city where the game is virtually a religion and another city where, for the most part, it's a newly discovered fad.
So it's the Pet Rox against the Hot Sox.
Each city has its own distinctions and tales, sporting and otherwise, all of which will be fully explored on the big stage in the coming days of the Fall Classic. Let's start you off with these snapshots.
|Duck Boats||Duck hunting|
|Faneuil Hall||16th Street Mall|
|Red Sox Nation||Purple Haze|
|"The Redcoats are coming!"||"The Red Sox are coming!"|
|Monster Seats||The Rockpile|
|Patriots - 13|
(2006 NFL playoffs)
|Broncos - 27|
|New England chowder||Rocky Mountain oysters|
|111th Annual Boston Marathon||2nd Annual Denver Marathon|
|UUU!-kilis! UUU!-kilis!||TUUUUlo! TUUUUlo!|
|Fenway Park: No. 2|
|Coors Field: No. 10|
|Blue Man Group||Bluebird Theatre|
|Harvard University||University of Denver|
|Yawkey Way||Blake Street|
|"Dirty Water"||Rocky Mountain Bottled Water|
|Mint Julep Shops||Denver Mint|
|Freedom Trail||Cherokee Trail|
|Paul Revere House||Molly Brown House|
|Paradise Rock Club||Red Rocks|
|Bunker Hill||Park Hill|
|Boston Tea Party||Sagebrush Rebellion|
|Boston Common||Washington Park|
|TD Banknorth Garden||Pepsi Center|
|Museum of Fine Arts||Museum of Contemporary Art|
|Boston Cream Pie||Denver Omelet|
|Tito's Troops||Hurdle's Heroes|
(Super Bowl XXXVI)
|The Stretch Drive|
(21-1 and counting)
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.