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World Series: Funny tidbits from around the Web

October 20, 2011 |  9:56 am


Be careful what you search for

The St. Louis Cardinals have more hits than the Texas Rangers.

On the Web, that is.

Google analyzed Internet search data about the players, managers and other aspects of the 2011 baseball postseason and it found that if the winner of the World Series was determined by Google searches, the Cardinals will win their 11th title.

Said Google: "Let’s start with the teams themselves. The Cardinals are more popular in search than the Rangers. Perhaps that’s because the Redbirds — not your typical underdogs with 10 World Series titles and 18 pennants — were 10 games back from the NL Wild Card in September, and have since overpowered the regular season’s best Phillies, then their division mates the Brewers to win the NLCS last weekend. The Rangers are in the World Series for the second year in a row, still without a title to their name; yet searches were higher in the last months for the team they defeated in the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers, who saw an even steeper increase in search interest than the Cardinals."

 A friendly wager

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have made a little bet.

If the Rangers win, Nixon has to give Perry toasted ravioli, gourmet prosciutto salami and other meats and frozen custard from landmark St. Louis establishments and a six-pack of Budweiser.

If the Cardinals triumph, Perry has to send Nixon some barbecue from the famous Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, and some Dr Pepper.


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Photo: St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, No. 5, high-fives teammates as he is introduced before the start of Game 1 of the World Series. Credit: Pool