The World Series winner will be …

But before we declare a champion, a breakdown of the top eight contenders

Originally Published: March 30, 2013
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

My friends around America have been checking in all week. Obviously, they knew this column was coming.

"Which poor team are you going to curse this year by picking it to win it all?" they ask.

Well, "hahahahaha" should be my correct response, because obviously they don't recall the sage nature of last season's predictions columns. So let me refresh their memories.

Preseason prediction: A Tigers-Cardinals World Series (came within a game of happening). October prediction: ...

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