Only four teams have won at least two World Series in a row; come October, the Giants will be the fifth. The countdown starts Friday, when what's left of the Los Angeles Dodgers finish flagellating themselves after a game in which Tim Lincecum throws a fastball that momentarily disappears, Brian Wilson jogs to the mound with a cutout of Anais Nin, and Aubrey Huff levitates over McCovey Cove while singing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" during the final out (Huff is the one to watch this year). In the aftermath of the three-day rioting that follows this momentous first win, unwind with the lineup of baseball scribes at Home Run! Baseball at the Library. Jason Turbow, former director of the Chronicle's "Giants Today" gameday supplements, brings us his intriguing book, The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime -- here's hoping he explains why Buster Posey brought his parents to the plate during the sixth inning. Missy Roback reads her short story "The Warning Track," while Alan Black, the city's resident soccer expert and leading Scottish expat, has no choice but to offer up the little-known story of the Baseball World Cup, which began in 1938 with the U.S.A. losing to Great Britain and continues, unimaginably, to this day.
Wed., April 6, 6:30 p.m., 2011