The perfect team, the cruelest owner and a blind umpire. See which heroes made the lineup and why.
The World Series has come to a close with the White Sox sweeping the Astros. Though the Sox won in just four games, each game was about as close as could be, making for the best sweep in baseball history -- no blowouts and all nail-biters. To honor the ending of our national pastime, we decided to assemble our own World Series team, comprised of comic-book superheroes.
Obviously an actual game played by people who can fly, teleport and throw tanks isn't going to offer much challenge. But we're judging more on personality than powers. We want the right fit for each position or we'd just ask the Avengers to play hardball and be done with it.
|"Sorry, didn't see that play either."||"Me am safe!"||"I can only watch, I cannot interfere in this contest of champions."||"....."|
|Having some gas certainly can help a pitch, but if you can't locate the fastball, it's going to be a long day. So, while Hawkeye may not have the strongest arm, he's the most accurate. He's the Greg Maddux of the Marvel Universe.||The catcher is the general on the field. He calls the pitches, he manages the tempo and ultimately he is involved in every single play from the first pitch to the final out. Could there be any other choice than the Batman?||One of the boppers on the club, Thor's not the most nimble guy and hardly a master of defense. Still he gets the job done and comes to the plate with the big hammer... literally.|
|The second baseman needs to be athletic, nimble, fast and accurate with his throwing arm. Longshot is all of these things. Though his brittle bones are a liability at this position, we're sure with a little luck, he'll pull through fine.||Like the second baseman, the shortstop needs range and athletic ability, two things Nightcrawler has in abundance. The shortstop is the infield leader, and Kurt has had plenty of experience taking charge and starting a DP. Err...||The Captain is a perfect choice for the hot corner, a position that requires quick reactions and a strong arm. Cap has plenty of experience ricocheting his shield, which should make required bounce throws a cinch.|
|Many outfielders have been referred to as Spider-Man, but this is the real deal. No one can scale a wall to rob a home run quite like ol' Webhead. His speed, aggressiveness and "Hey battah-battah" taunts prove worthy assets to any team.||Often the center fielder is the fastest player on the field, so the obvious choice is the fastest man alive. Defense is one of Flash's specialties -- the guy can catch bullets, so shagging fly balls is not going to be a problem.||The man in right is almost always the one with the strongest hose (throwing arm!). He can throw faster than a speeding bullet and can spot the cut-off man better than anyone in the League. He bats cleanup, of course.|
|There's no more versatile character in comics. Jones has been sidekick to the Hulk and Avengers, has had incredible power and no powers at all. He's the perfect utility man.||A manger needs to be analytical, to understand match-ups and make quick decisions. But sometimes he needs to get angry. What umpire who's blown a call would like to see Banner when he's angry?||You've got eyes, don't you?!|
2. Nightcrawler - SS
3. Spider-Man - CF
4. Superman - RF
5. Thor - 1B
6. Captain America - 3B
7. Batman - C
8. Longshot - 2B
9. Hawkeye - P
Source: Hilary Goldstein, The World Series of Superheroes, IGN Comics, 27 October 2005.