The World Series starts tonight in Cincinnati, where the Reds play the defending champion Oakland A's. Many fans think the A's are invincible, citing 12 playoff victories in their last 13 games, including sweeps of the Red Sox in the AL playoffs this year and the Giants in last year's World Series. We'd like to know not only if you think the A's will win again, but how easily.
Please answer the following questions:
1. Do you think the A's will sweep the Reds?
2. Do you think the Series will go the full seven games?
3. Do you think the Reds will win at least two games? Win the series?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today until midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
Look for the results in Wednesday's Evening Sun.
... who don't match O's in poll
Twenty years later, the baseball fans of Baltimore haven't forgotten their beloved Orioles dynasty. In fact, showing only a bit of hometown favoritism, they feel the 1969-71 Orioles are the best team of the past two decades by almost a 3-to-1 margin, according to Evening Sun readers and other respondents to "It's Your Call."
With Gold Glovers like Brooks Robinson, Dave Johnson, Mark Belanger, Paul Blair and Jim Palmer, and 20-game winners like Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson and Palmer, the Orioles received 595 of the 1,303 votes cast (46 percent) in a weekend telephone survey concluded last night.
The current edition of the A's placed second, with 241 votes (18 percent), followed by their '72-'74 green-and-gold predecessors in Oakland (15 percent). The Big Red Machine of Cincinnati in 1975-76 (12 percent) placed fourth, and, sorry, George, the Reggie/Catfish New York Yankees of '76-'78 received only 114 calls to finish fifth with 9 percent of the vote.