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    NEWSLETTERS

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    ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat against Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 5, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    When Interleague play began in Major League Baseball in 1997, baseball purists everywhere pitched fits. How dare teams from the American League and National League play in the regular season!

    They aren't supposed to meet until the World Series.

    Well, when the Fall Classic begins on Wednesday night in St. Louis, we'll have the next best thing to complete unfamiliarity when the Rangers and Cardinals meet for just the fourth time ever.

    The teams have played one three-game series, back in 2004 at Rangers Ballpark in which the Cardinals took 2 of the 3 games.

    Michael Young is the only Ranger that was on the team back in 2004, and he was able to manage two hits off of Chris Carpenter, who will start Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series.

    That's about all the familiarity there is.

    What a great World Series this is going to make with two fanbases, two cities and two baseball teams who really know nothing about each other.

    Three Rangers — Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young — were a part of the 2009 All-Star Game in the new Busch Stadium. Cruz finished second in the Home Run Derby, so it's a park he likes to go yard in.

    No matter who wins, and no matter which player is selected MVP of the World Series, the true MVPs of this series might be the winning team's advance scouts, who have been scouting the possible opponents since September.

    Let the games begin.