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Picks and Pans Main: Tube

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The World Series begins Saturday night (Oct. 19), the climax to a baseball season CBS would probably like to forget. Already hemorrhaging from its $1.06 billion baseball contract, CBS hoped to get healthy with the postseason schedule. Instead, it got its worst nightmare: a playoff picture made up entirely of secondary-market teams—Toronto, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. No matter what the sport, the networks always root for the best team to win, as long as that team is from L.A., New York or Chicago.