The Web Prepares For the World Series

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Tonight, the Fall Classic resumes as the Texas Rangers and the St Louis Cardinals battle for Major League Baseball supremacy. Naturally, fans of both teams are gearing up for the World Series, and considering the proliferation of sports fans on the Internet, much of these preparations and celebrations are happening online.

Twitter, of course, is one of the primary outlets. Because of the viral celebrity status of the Busch Rally Squirrel and Torty Craig, these two are the dominant voices, at least for St Louis. While there is Texas Rangers stuff, these fans need to step their game up in relation to the squirrel and the tortoise. Speaking of these two fan favorites, they've both been quite active as the opening game draws closer:

Got my squirrel sized goggles on, ready for the guys to get the CELEBRATION STARTED #WORLDSERIES #champagnetime 2 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

World Series Bound means I get to continue my twittering for atleast another week. See you in St Louis Cardinals Nation. 2 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Meanwhile, Torty is entertaining us with song:

♫ Cheerin' crowd, are ya listenin' ♫ In the stands Buds glisten ♫ A beautiful sight ♫ At Busch tonite ♫ Playin' in a baseball wonderland ♫ 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

♫ Gone away is the Brewbirds ♫ Here to stay are the Redbirds ♫ We prove experts wrong ♫ As we go along ♫ Playin' in a baseball wonderland ♫ 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

♫ In the outfield we can play a Berkman ♫ And pretend that he's a puma ♫ He'll say: Are we favored? ♫ 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

♫ He'll say: Are we favored ♫ We'll say: No mang ♫ But we can win the Series while you're in town ♫ 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Clearly, that's being "sung" to the tune of Winter Wonderland. The World Series as a whole is pretty popular on Twitter as well, with such tidbits like:

Factoid of the day: since 1985, the team with home-field advantage in the World Series is 20-5. 1 hour ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

World Series predictions: It's the Cocaine Manager vs. the Drunk Manager (really, that's what it is). Who you got? 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Which is quite true. Look up the bios for Ron Washington and Tony LaRussa for more on the topics mentioned by The Big Lead. Meanwhile, ESPN's Kevin Negandhi decided to be a jerk to Chicago Cubs fans:

103 years ago today.. the Cubs won the World Series 5 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Anymore salt you want to rub in those wounds, Kevin? I'm surprised you didn't invoke Steve Bartman in the process.

As indicated, the chatter from Texas Rangers fans has been fairly muted on Twitter. Thankfully, however, one particular Rangers fan decided to, much like Torty, express herself in song. Let's hope fan performances don't determine winners, otherwise, the Rangers could be in trouble:

At least she's easy on the eyes.

In case you were wondering, the #Occupy trendsetters are getting in on the action as well, and their plan is to show the World Series without commercials:

We will be projecting the game on our big screen, but without corporate sponsors! Commercials will be replaced with other Occupy groups' livestream! Hopefully we will hear from Occupy Dallas!

Needless to say, at least on conservative pundit -- Laura Ingraham -- was less-than-impressed, which is quite clear with her belittling response on Facebook:

Seriously? What would be the point of this? The protesters claim they may be doing this for the media attention, but I hardly think camping outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis will garner more attention that slowly taking over downtown Manhattan. Nevertheless, police in St. Louis are preparing for a group of anti-capitalist, anti-personal hygene, pro-dope smoking trust fund babies to camp out at the World Series.

Any other stereotypes you want to throw in there, Laura? Perish the thought of people having a different outlook than your gilded perspective. Of course, it should be noted Ingraham is part of the one percent people are protesting against, something her $15 million a year salary indicates quite nicely.

Of course, there's the line of thinking that should perhaps question Occupy St Louis' motivation about rooting for multi-million dollar athletes, but that's another discussion for another day, apparently.

For the majority of us who will be watching, thankfully, the World Series is about athletic excellence, and not protesting against an invisible monster no one has any idea how to slay. With all of this in mind, who ya got? The Albert Pujols-led Cardinals or the Rangers, who are powered, in large part, by Josh Hamilton? Let us know what you think.