Take Me Out to the Ballgame: World Series

Jessica Sanders –

That special time of year has come once again and no it is not Christmas. It starts with a “w” and ends with an “s.” You guessed it, it is time for the Major League Baseball’s World Series. Unfortunately, though the Chicago Cubs were thought to win the World Series this year by some reporters, they did not make it. So then, who is going to take the ring this year, the Kansas City Royals or the New York Mets?

In the National League Championship Series, the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs played the New York Mets. Though this has been a record breaking year for the Cubs, it was not “the year” for the Cubs and the Mets swept the series. The Cubs were able to break another MLB record with player Kyle Schwarber hitting 5 home runs in a single postseason. At least something came out of the four painful NLCS games for Cubs fans.

Illinois College senior Matt Woodson, a huge Cardinals fan, said that the Cubs worked so hard to beat the Cards, they just “ran out of gas” when it came to playing the Mets. It must be said though, that many of the Chicago Cubs players are young and signed onto the team for a few years to come, so this is only the beginning.

Unlike the Mets, the Royals had quite the fight to get to the World Series. In the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays played the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS, the American League Championship Series. In the first game the Royals beat the Blue Jays 5-0, the second game 6-3, and the third game the Blue Jays won 11-8. In game four, the Royals won in a stunning 14-2 blowout. Of course in the next game the Blue Jays showed they would not give up without a fight, and won 7-1. In game six though, the Royals beat the Blue Jays 4-3, putting them into the 2015 World Series.

The Mets last won the World Series in 1986, only having two titles total. Kansas City had actually last won the year before the Mets in 1985, so rightfully, either team deserves another, more recent, title.

As to which team has a better chance of winning the World Series, this would have to be Kansas City since they won a total of ninety five games this season, though the Mets were not far behind, winning ninety games. Of course neither team was number one throughout the season though, so really, the series could go to either team. There are high hopes for the Mets to win because of that sweep against the Cubs, but perhaps they will run out of gas also? You will have to stay tuned to the seven World Series games to find out for sure.

Game one of the World Series was on October 27 where the Kansas City Royals had the home field advantage against the New York Mets. They were able to win the first game 5-4. The game went on for fourteen innings until Royals player Eric Hosmer hit the game winning run. The series runs until November 4. All seven of the games are night games, starting around the seven o’clock hour. The Royals also won Game 2, putting the Mets in a big hole in the 2015 Fall Classic.

We’ll see what’s in store for the rest of the series as it progresses.

Jessica Sanders, from Woodstock, Illinois, is a sophomore majoring in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. Jessica is a member of the IC choir and is a writer for The Rambler.


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