World Series: Justin Verlander, Thou Art Mortal

There's a scene toward the end of the great old movie The Man Who Would Be King where Sean Connery's character has nearly conned an Afghan tribe into believing that he's a God. But, just at the wrong moment, he's cut — and blood trickles from his wound. Seeing this, the tribe's elder cries that Connery is “neither God nor devil but man!”

And then things get ugly.

On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants cut Detroit Übermensch pitcher Justin Verlander — and both he and the Tigers did bleed. Verlander is neither God nor devil but man. And, for Detroit, things got ugly. San Francisco's 8-3 thrashing of the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series was a narrative-shattering win, and further proof that so-called expert predictions are like stock options — they're worthless until cashed in.

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