The chic pick may be Chicago, but who’s to say Houston can’t do it? Either way, there’s no reason to question why tuning into the 102nd World Series should be worth watching, starting with tonight’s Game 1. Still, we’re here to provide answers to your inquisitive nature. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Pay attention to recent history. The ‘Stros will try to become the fourth consecutive wild-card winner to capture the title, following the Angels (’02), Florida Marlins (’03) and Boston Red Sox (’04). It’s one of those kooky trends we don’t even pretend to understand, like why they keep making “Survivor.” Is this really the last time we’ll see Roger Clemens pitch in the World Series? A definite maybe. But then we thought he was walking off the field for the last time a couple years back in Miami when he was with the Yankees. Listen, the guy’s 43 – as old as the Astros’ franchise – but led the majors with a 1.87 ERA. In seven World Series starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA. He hangs around any longer, he’ll be pitching against his son. Which of the White Sox players is ripe for taking a bribe to throw the series? What are you trying to do, open up another “Black Sox Scandal”? We all learned that valuable lesson from watching “Eight Men Out,” and it wasn’t just that D.B. Sweeney couldn’t pull off Shoeless Joe Jackson as well as Charlie Sheen played Hap Flesch. Never, ever, ever associate with gamblers (right, Mr. Rose?) because that black mark from 1919 hasn’t gone away from the Southside of Chicago. Why aren’t the White Sox faithful a bunch of tormented crybabies like the Boston Red Sox fans when they’ve had to wait longer for a world title? Nice observation, Affleck. The Red Sox ended a 86-year drought last season, but the White Sox have waited 88 years now – since 1917, just before Julio Franco’s rookie season. If you were really observant, you’d note that umpire Doug Eddings, whose call helped the White Sox start their four-game win streak against the Angels, wears No. 88. Of course, the crosstown Cubs haven’t won a Series title since 1908, and are still blaming Steve Bartman and an old billy goat for their woes, but we digress. Is it in the cards for another wild-card to win it all? Is it just a rumor, or do the White Sox actually have a bullpen? What in the name of Bobby Thigpen do you think? Take Bobby Jenks, the former Angels property who came up at midseason. He’s the closer now, pushing aside Dustin Hermanson. Team GM Ken Williams compares Jenks’ impact to when the Angels called up Frankie Rodriguez before the 2002 World Series run. And look out for Orlando Hernandez, aka El Duque, who won nine games as the No. 5 starter and came up big in the ALDS against the Red Sox. Who are the key celebrity fans supporting each team, as if it really matters? We’ve seen enough of former President Bush and his wife Barbara in prime seats during Astros games. But to the White Sox, star power doesn’t matter. Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf turned down a ticket request from John Cusack, who was a big Cubs supporter during their playoff run two year ago. “I think we’ve been successful in branding this team a certain way and maybe that Hollywood, sunglasses, jet set isn’t really the look that the White Sox are all about,” Reinsdorf has said. Which ump will mess up the big call? Angel Hernandez. Guaranteed. Even though this is his second Series assignment, Hernandez is notorious for making himself the focal point of a game. Go to any baseball blog site and look at how many times he’s irked fans by running managers or players for no reason. Hernandez maybe be no Angels, but Joe West, named to be the crew chief, also has made it into the top five of a recent Sports Illustrated player polls naming the worst umpires in the game. Hernandez starts the series on the right-field line, so he won’t work his way around to the plate until later. But West is behind the plate tonight and could set the tone. You’ve been warned. Tom Hoffarth can be reached at [email protected] and (818) 713-3661. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!