Tuesday, October 21, 2008

World Series at FOCS

The timing of the FOCS conference in late October often overlaps with the World Series and on rare occasions they happen in the same city at the same time. Checking back through the 48 previous FOCS only once before in 1997 FOCS was in Miami Beach October 19-22 with Game 2 of the world series October 19th with the Florida Marlins losing to Cleveland at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.

A couple of other close calls. In 1992, I had tickets to a potential series in Pittsburgh but I've told that sad story before. In 1999, FOCS was held in New York October 17-19 and the Yankees hosted Atlanta a week later in the series. Last year FOCS was held in Providence October 20-23 and just a short drive up I-95 the Red Sox beat the Rockies twice October 24-25.

This year we have a perfect overlap. The 2008 FOCS Conference runs October 25-28 in downtown Philadephia and Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) of the Series between the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays will be held October 25-27 three miles south in Citizens Bank Park.

But I'll miss the fun and won't make FOCS this year. I'd love to hear from any FOCS attendee that manages to snag World Series tickets and gets to enjoy the two great fall classics.

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