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"In 2004, nobody thought the Red Sox could beat the Cardinals and that happened," he said.
Presented with a choice of four stars on each team, 32 percent of fans predicted Rodriguez would be the MVP, followed by Derek Jeter at 19 percent. Ryan Howard was the most likely Phillies candidate at 12 percent.
"I'm not going to get into all that," Howard said.
Damon played on that Red Sox team that won in 2004, and that victory resonated with 31 percent of fans. They were asked to pick their top Series moment from: Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956; Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977; the Bill Buckner error in 1986; Kirk Gibson's home run in 1988; Boston's triumph in 2004; or the Chicago White Sox winning in 2005.
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins has his own pick: Phillies in five games this year.
"Like I said, they're the Yankees. When they're in the World Series, they're expected to win," he said. "Fortunately, fans don't play the game. It's the guys in the uniforms that play between them white lines. Regardless of what they feel, we write the story."
The AP-Knowledge Networks poll was conducted Oct. 25-26, after the World Series matchup was set, and involved online interviews with 803 adults who said they were interested in Major League Baseball. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The poll was conducted by Knowledge Networks, which initially contacted people using traditional telephone and mail polling methods and followed with online interviews. People chosen for the study who had no Internet access were given it for free.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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