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10/22/07 12:30 PM ET

Tale of two cities: Boston and Denver

The 2007 World Series brings together two teams of contrasting histories, and two cities of diverse attractions, pasts and present.

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 BoatsDuck hunting
Faneuil Hall16th Street Mall
Red Sox NationPurple Haze
BeantownMile-High City
"The Redcoats are coming!""The Red Sox are coming!"
BostonJohn Denver
Monster SeatsThe Rockpile
Patriots - 13
(2006 NFL playoffs)
Broncos - 27
New England chowderRocky Mountain oysters
111th Annual Boston Marathon2nd Annual Denver Marathon
UUU!-kilis! UUU!-kilis!TUUUUlo! TUUUUlo!
NantucketCherry Creek
Fenway Park: No. 2
(Fans survey)
Coors Field: No. 10
Blue Man GroupBluebird Theatre
Harvard UniversityUniversity of Denver
Yawkey WayBlake Street
"Dirty Water"Rocky Mountain Bottled Water
Mint Julep ShopsDenver Mint
Freedom TrailCherokee Trail
Paul Revere HouseMolly Brown House
Paradise Rock ClubRed Rocks
Bunker HillPark Hill
Boston Tea PartySagebrush Rebellion
Samuel AdamsCoors
Boston CommonWashington Park
TD Banknorth GardenPepsi Center
Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Contemporary Art
Boston Cream PieDenver Omelet
Tito's TroopsHurdle's Heroes
The Drive
(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.