Detractors like to point out the World Series is a misnomer because the only teams eligible are from Major League Baseball.
To that we respond with the video above, created by a group of Massachusetts National Guardsmen – A Company 3/126 Aviation Unit based on Cape Cod – and shared with us by Jessica Razook, whose husband, Abraham Razook, is a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the unit. They are serving in Afghanistan.
It's the World Series because the world turns its eyes toward Major League Baseball for a little over a week in the fall to be captivated by the world's best players competing for a championship.
Red Sox pride has been shown across the globe throughout the playoffs, but this particular instance captures the essence of it.
"People forget there are still troops fighting for our freedom. They need to be reminded that these soldiers miss home, their families, and the things we take for granted such as watching the World Series," Jessica wrote in an email.
A powerful message as the World Series begins.
Now on to some details about Game 1, coverage plans on Boston.com, and links to some worthwhile content.
Game details: Game 1 is at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.
Weather: It's going to be cold. Our Weather Wisdom blog has the latest details on the forecast.
Live coverage on Boston.com: We'll have a live pregame show at 5 p.m. before every game of the World Series, featuring Chad Finn and guests including Globe Red Sox reporters. Tonight's special guest will be MLB Network's John Smoltz.
Finn will also hold a fan chat from 7 p.m. to gametime before each game.
In our gameday live blog, Steve Silva and others will bring you to the park for the latest news, photos, and social media commentary. During the game, you can add your comments.
Pregame details: Yaz will throw out the first pitch, and MLB will honor the military in a pregame ceremony featuring three Medal of Honor recipients who will join Yaz for the first pitch. They are Salvatore Giunta, Clinton Romesha, and William Swenson.
Mary J. Blige will sing the national anthem and in the bottom of the 7th, God Bless America will be sung by retired Marine Sgt. Dan Clark. Bank of America is providing flags for each fan at the game, and asks they be waved in the 7th.
You should know: The Boston Police Department has sent an advisory warning about fake World Series tickets, saying authorized ticket agencies are the best way to avoid being burned, and it's buyer beware if you purchase tickets anywhere else.
Today's Boston Globe features a special section previewing the World Series featuring news, analysis, profiles and commentary by Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, Kevin Paul Dupont, Dan Shaughnessy, John Powers, Christopher L. Gasper, Julian Benbow and Gary Wahsburn. It's all located in a special section on BostonGlobe.com.
On Boston.com, we review the sports rivalry between Boston and St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a lot of interesting stories about the Cardinals, but our favorite thing they've done is an interactive game that asks you to match the beard to the Red Sox player who sports it.
The man who choreographs events at Fenway Park not only defended the team's use of the song "Sweet Caroline," in response to commentary by the Globe's Geoff Edgers, but he played it on the piano for a video feature by Steve Silva. Watch it here.
Lastly: Can't beat a little trash talk from the symphony orchestras of each city. Enjoy the World Series.