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World Series Media Day hypes players, fans

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With the hype and anticipation of two 100-win teams meeting in the World Series tonight, and a long drought for one city coming to an end, the Astros and Dodgers appeared in the Fall Classic spotlight for the first time during Monday's World Series Media Day.

The topics covered included the continued thoughts and support of Astros players for the city of Houston, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in late August. Players from both clubs also talked about the triple-digit temperatures in Los Angeles, which could lead to a 100-degree reading at first pitch.

With the hype and anticipation of two 100-win teams meeting in the World Series tonight, and a long drought for one city coming to an end, the Astros and Dodgers appeared in the Fall Classic spotlight for the first time during Monday's World Series Media Day.

The topics covered included the continued thoughts and support of Astros players for the city of Houston, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in late August. Players from both clubs also talked about the triple-digit temperatures in Los Angeles, which could lead to a 100-degree reading at first pitch.

On the lighter side of the Media Day happenings, Justin Turner talked about a beard showdown between himself and Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel, and there was reflection from several players reaching the World Series for the first time.

Here are some of the highlights from throughout the day:

9:35 p.m. ET: Houston Strong
While the World Series was front and center during Media Day, Houston was on the minds of many Astros players as the city continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Check out what players had to say about the impact of the hurricane and winning for the fans.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Altuve on the impact of Hurricane Harvey

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Reddick on winning for city of Houston

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Musgrove on winning for city of Houston

9:22 p.m. ET: Verlander aims to keep rolling in Fall Classic 
Justin Verlander, MVP of the American League Championship Series, talked about facing a tough Dodgers lineup and the impact of extra rest in the postseason.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Verlander on facing Dodgers' tough lineup

Tweet from @astros: Checking out the hardware. 👀 pic.twitter.com/qlRIWIttJu

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Verlander on rest between starts

Tweet from @JustinVerlander: 🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/dlZ0SM1XOf pic.twitter.com/91qZPLb4pw

9:14 p.m. ET: Eyes on the prize
The 1988 World Series trophy is always on display at Dodger Stadium and the players pass by it as they walk in and out of the ballpark. 

8:52 p.m. ET: Cody's living the dream
Every Little Leaguer dreams of one day playing in the big leagues and making it to the World Series. Dodgers star rookie Cody Bellinger played in both the 2007 Little League World Series and will now play in the Fall Classic. What a ride!

Tweet from @PlayBall: From the #LLWS to the #WorldSeries, @Cody_Bellinger is living the dream. pic.twitter.com/bgWIZY8spx

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Bellinger on being part of a great team

8:28 p.m. ET: Battle of the beards
The World Series will feature a matchup of two of the game's finest beards, those of Justin Turner and Dallas Keuchel. Turner took time to compare the two during today's media session.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Turner compares beards with Keuchel

Tweet from @kidkeuchy: Hey bae 😍 pic.twitter.com/9jQ6ULGyKP

8:25 p.m. ET: Puig, A-Rod chatting it up
During the Dodgers' on-field workout, Yasiel Puig talks in the dugout with Alex Rodriguez, who's working as a postseason analyst with FOX. 

Tweet from @JoshuaThornton_: Yasiel Puig and Alex Rodriguez chatting during the #Dodgers��� workout pic.twitter.com/4P3YizEBzN

8:06 p.m. ET: World Series is heating up
Temperatures are expected to be scorching for Game 1. How might that impact the game? The Dodgers' Kiké Hernandez is one player who doesn't mind the heat.

Video: 2017 WS Gm1: Hernandez on heat at Dodger Stadium

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Turner discusses dealing with the weather

Tweet from @castrovince: Record heat (~100 degrees) forecast for Gm 1 of #WorldSeries: "I think it's going to be so hot b/c the ���Stros are in town." -- Alex Bregman

7:05 p.m. ET: Josh sighting
It's been all Dodgers so far at Media Day, but the Astros will get their turn soon and Josh Reddick can't wait.

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Reddick pops head out dugout pic.twitter.com/P6XW2iLBbw

6:45 p.m. ET: Seager's eager
Corey Seager, who will reportedly be on Los Angeles' postseason roster, has made the postseason in each of his three seasons in the bigs, and now he's got a chance to seal the deal.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Seager talks about bringing WS to LA

6:40 p.m. ET: First timer
Logan Forsythe has put together a strong showing -- .316 average and six runs scored in 19 at-bats -- in his first taste of postseason baseball.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Forsythe on Dodgers' World Series team

6:34 p.m. ET: Spotlight on Puig
It's no surprise that Yasiel Puig, who's a nominee for Personality of the Year in the Esurance MLB Awards, is drawing a lot of attention at Media Day.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Yasiel Puig on how to face Yuli Gurriel

6:28 p.m. ET: Ring me
Curtis Granderson is hoping that the third time proves to be the charm after winning pennants but falling in the World Series with the Tigers in 2006 and the Mets in '15.

Video: WS2017 Gm1: Granderson discusses World Series prep

6:21 p.m. ET: All eyes on Enrique
Every player is drawing cameras and questions, but Enrique Hernandez's NL Championship Series heroics have definitely earned him a few extra eyes.

Tweet from @castrovince: When you hit 3 HRs in an LCS game, there are cameras. pic.twitter.com/QzRHmMmNPE

6:07 p.m. ET: Fields fields questions on everyone's mind
Dodgers pitcher -- and former Astro -- Josh Fields hasn't cut his beard since January.

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Dodgers pitcher Josh Fields on facing his former team (and his beard). pic.twitter.com/SWJTDl0wOf

6:01 p.m. ET: Sardines, eat your heart out

Tweet from @JoshuaThornton_: World Series media day. Packed house. pic.twitter.com/mgymMojysw

Tweet from @castrovince: Media Day is always a beautiful disaster. pic.twitter.com/UrKHv6b6pf

4:54 p.m. ET: Brooklyn, bridged
Jackie Robinson, who starred at UCLA before joining the army, going pro and becoming a civil rights and baseball icon, retired one season before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, but he was rightfully immortalized outside Dodger Stadium with a bronze statue unveiled on April 15.

4:47 p.m. ET: What's in the box?!
I want to know why this box is here, but you know what they say about curiosity.

Tweet from @JoshuaThornton_: Not sure where this came from, but this box popped up and is on the corner of Vin Scully Ave pic.twitter.com/FrTR9tE9ws

4:31 p.m. ET: Hot-tober baseball
It's 101 degrees right now in Chavez Ravine, and the temperature's not expected to fall much before first pitch on Tuesday. 

3:34 p.m. ET: On your Mark
MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand talks the Game 1 pitching matchup and breaks down Kershaw's performance this postseason on 12:25 Live with Alexa.

Video: Feinsand analyzes pitching matchup for Game 1 of WS

Video: Feinsand talks about Kershaw's postseason reputation

3:22 p.m. ET: Ellen the generous
Ellen DeGeneres has an announcement for any Astros fans in Houston tomorrow ...

Tweet from @TheEllenShow: I've got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you're anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory

2:14 p.m. ET: I call it
MLB announces the umpires for the 2017 World Series, led by crew chief Gerry Davis. More >

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: #WorldSeries umps announced pic.twitter.com/gitUBZVVPO 

1:59 p.m. ET: It paint like that
The Dodger Stadium crew puts the finishing touch on the World Series logo.