I've been keeping half an eye on the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees and while I "officially" didn't give a damn about the outcome, as the series heated up, eventually going to Game 7 in this best of seven, I got as far as attempting to watch it (once again bitterly disappointed in the waste of money that is the MLB TV Postseason Package that allows you to watch.....none of the games? Very misleading...) but since that was deemed impossible, I opted to check up on the score every once in awhile. Not gonna lie -- my heart surged a little when I saw the 'Stros up 1-0 and then 4-0, the eventual final score. Down with the Yankees. This brought me inexplicable joy.
So now we've got a World Series featuring the Astros and the L.A. Dodgers. The Astros have never won this coveted championship title, having been a National League team from 1965-2013 before switching to the AL. The Dodgers have won the World Series six times as a franchise, the last time being in 1988. So for both teams, this is a big deal.
In some ways, that makes this series not so different from last year's match up between the Indians and the Cubs, the two clubs with the longest streak of not winning the World Series in baseball history (the Cubs since 1908 and the Indians since 1948). It made the series feel meaningful for the entire country -- and maybe that's exactly how this year's big dance will be enjoyed as well!
I, for one, am curious about watching a game or two (or more), though I know almost nothing about either team. Let's see what can be learned about these ball clubs, shall we? It's a nice thought -- just enjoying what will undoubtedly be some outstanding baseball games between two incredible teams who finished the season with the best record in the National League for one and second best record in the American League for the other.
If it can't be the Indians, at least it's not the Yankees.
Lookin' forward to tuning in on Tuesday night!
Originally posted in the Inspired in 2017 blog on October 22, 2017.