No Matter What Happens, One Long-Suffering Fan Base Is Going to Celebrate the End of a World Series Drought
In 2004 and 2005 we were treated to back-to-back drought-ending World Series championships by the Red Sox and White Sox, which was awesome. Then, in 2008, the Phillies won for the first time since 1980. And in 2010 the Giants won for the first time since 1954.
But we’ve also seen a lot of repeat winners in recent years. The Cardinals won in 2006 and 2011. The Red Sox won again in 2007 and 2013. The Yankees won in 2009. And The Giants won two more times in 2012 and 2014.
This year will be very different. Of the four teams left—the Mets, Cubs, Royals, and Blue Jays—the Blue Jays have won the World Series most recently. And that championship came in 1993. After them it’s the Mets in 1986, the Royals in 1985, and of course the Cubs all the way back in 1908.
And these teams haven’t just been not winning the World Series. They’ve barely even made the playoffs..
The Royals ended a 29-year postseason drought last year. The Blue Jays ended a 22-year postseason drought just this year. The Mets last made the postseason in 2006 and have just four postseason appearance in the last 25 years. And the Cubs? Well, they get their own paragraph.
Prior to this year, the Cubs had made the playoffs just six times since losing to the Tigers in the 1945 World Series. That’s six times in 69 years! In those six postseason appearances, they are 9-22 with just one series victory and not one but two historic collapses. (Everybody knows about the Bartman game, but don’t forget 1984!) The last time they made the playoffs was 2008, and the last time they won a game in the playoffs was 2003.
Obviously, when it comes to losing, nobody can hold a flame to the Cubs. But this year, no matter who wins, they’ll do it in a blue cap. (Fun fact: this is the first time all four teams in the League Championship Series wear the same color.) And one long-suffering fan base will get to celebrate a championship for the first time in a generation…or five.