The Major League Baseball "final four" is set!
I have to say that this is one of the more intriguing pair of League Championship Series matchups in quite some time, given that the four teams left standing haven't been in the postseason much over the past 20-30 years. As such, one team will end a lengthy World Series championship drought in 2015.
The last time each team won it all:
Chicago Cubs - 1908
Kansas City Royals - 1985
New York Mets - 1986
Toronto Blue Jays - 1993
Other random factoids:
-Coming into this postseason, the Blue Jays had the longest playoff appearance drought of any of the 4 major pro sports, which was 22 years.
-Going into the 2014 postseason, the Royals earned their first playoff berth in 29 years. Now they've made back-to-back appearances.
- And of course we all know about the Cubs' postseason shortfalls, not even having played in a World Series since 1945. Oh, and a memo to Cubs fans: If indeed your club breaks that century-plus streak, don't be like the obnoxious cretin Red Sox fans who, after seeing their club win it all in 2004 after 86 years of futility, exclaimed "Bill Buckner, we forgive you!!!" I'm referring to your demonizing of fan Steve Bartman. If you're still holding a grudge against him, please reevaluate your life.
I can't really get a grasp on the four teams remaining, so I will forgo any predictions. All I know is the parity which the NFL so desperately strives for is a reality in today's MLB.