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Game XXXI Thread: The Royals of Kansas City, USA vs. the Devil Rays of St. Petersburg, Russia

The highest of stakes. The most formidable of foes. This game will be a WAR!

"Do you think we'll make it back alive?"
"Do you think we'll make it back alive?"
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Two worlds collide
Rival nations
It's a primitive clash
Venting years of frustrations
Bravely we hope
Against all hope
There is so much at stake
Seems our freedom's up
Against the ropes
Does the crowd understand?
Is it East versus West
Or man against man
Can any nation stand alone

Have truer words ever been sung? Obviously not.

In advance of the series opener, the Russian hacking agit-prop team took to Twitter to spread their pro-St. Petersburg message, snagging Kevin Kiermaier and forcing him to pose in this tweet:

This aggression will not stand, man.

The Americans will align themselves thusly:

While Mother Russia's squad will field the following comrades:

Tense times call for intense tunes.