The postseason is always an exciting time in baseball. Each game means more, one pitch can end a season for a team and everything is a little more hyped than usual.
This postseason has been a little extra special. Put aside the offensive barrage of 21 home runs in one day and the impressive pitching matchups across all the games, but more sentimental records are being broken too. Not only are they being broken, one will be broken for sure.
It's been a while
Amongst all the teams still vying for the World Series championship, none of them have won it in the last two decades. That will all change in late October as either the Cubs, Royals, Mets, or Blue Jays will hoist the World Series trophy.
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Of course for the Cubs, they're streak backs to 1908 and they also have the added pressure of proving "Back to the Future Part 2" correct of their prediction. The Blue Jays started the record-breaking party when they broke their streak of not making the postseason, the longest in the MLB up until that point.
The Cubs obviously have the longest World Series streak to break with their infamous drought. They came close to returning to the World Series when they had a three-run lead on the Marlins, but that is when of course tragedy struck and Steve Bartman became Chicago's public enemy number one.
This year, though, the Cubs have shown they're different. They went right past the Cardinals in the NLDS and are looking forward to doing the same in the NLCS. Cubs players aren't focused on the past, but on the future as Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made clear recently,
"Our guys don't buy into the old narratives. They're doing it for each other, the whole organization. The pressure, the history doesn't bother these guys."
The Cubs are currently behind 0-2 in the NLCS.
Kansas City Royals
In their second World Series in 1985, the Royals beat the Cardinals in seven games to win. After that the next 18 seasons were mired in loss and despair as 17 of those 18 were losing seasons.
This period (1995-2012) was turned around when Kansas City broke a 30-year postseason drought by rallying past the Athletics last fall.
They used that one wild card game to springboard themselves to the World Series and even though they didn't leave with a trophy, it marked a turnaround for the team. Kansas City faces Toronto in the ALCS and the last time they were in this situation, it was 1985.
The Royals are currently leading the ALCS 2-0.
New York Mets
The Mets' World Series title in 1986 was highlighted by Bill Buckner's error in game six and their comebacks in that postseason. They came back from a 2-0 deficit to only fall behind 3-2 and eventually come back again to beat the Red Sox for their second title and only title since.
The Mets have been to the postseason since then and are no strangers.
They've been to the NLCS four times and even the World Series against cross-town rivals the New York Yankees. Of their most recent endeavors into October baseball, their closest return to the World Series came in 2006 when they lost against the Cardinals in game 7 of the NLCS.
The Mets currently lead the NLCS 2-0.
Toronto Blue Jays
In their early years in the league, the Toronto Blue Jays enjoyed great success when they made the playoffs five times in a stretch of 1985-1993. They beat Atlanta and Philadelphia for back to back World Series championships, highlighted by Joe Carter's home run in 1993.
The Blue Jays haven't had the same fate as the other three teams left, but they haven't been exceptionally good. Since 1993, they've been a mid-division finisher that many paid little attention to late in the season. With 93 wins this past season, they became the team few people weren't talking about.
The Blue are currently trailing the Royals 0-2 in the ALCS.