The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are set to face each other in the ALCS this upcoming Friday. Nope, you aren’t dreaming, this is really happening. If you were to have said that statement at any point during the regular season, you would have been ostracized from every talking about baseball ever again.
Let us take you back to 1985; the Royals had just won the World Series for the first time ever. The number one song on the Billboard charts (on October 19th) was Take On Me by A-ha, the President was Ronald Reagan, Joe Flacco was born in January, Alex Ovechkin and Joba Chamberlain in September, and Asdrubal Cabrera in November. Some movies that came out included The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, and Back To The Future, while TV shows that debuted included The Golden Girls, MacGyver, and Growing Pains. Yup, it was a very long time ago.
A lot of time has gone by, new Presidents have been named, movies and TV shows debuted, and now in 2014 the Royals are good again. For some reason though, Kansas City finally seems like an underdog that could go all the way this time. The only thing that is in their way is that other pesky another underdog: the Baltimore Orioles.
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The Orioles have had that underdog tag since their unexpected run to the postseason in 2012. The Royals are completely new to this ballgame, and are handling it very well. After an exciting Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics and a trouncing of the Los Angeles Angels, KC is ready for their next task: Baltimore.
For the Orioles, they have a much easier road to the ALCS, one that didn’t include that crazy AL Wild Card game. After winning the division on September 16, the O’s went into the postseason waiting to see who they would have to play, which ended up being the Tigers. After a sweep of Detroit, they waited to see if Kansas City would sweep LA or if the Angels had any fight left in them to claw back into the series. The Angels didn’t and exited the postseason with zero wins in three games, leading to a Baltimore-Kansas City ALCS for the first time ever.
Since two underdogs (I feel like I’ve said that word way too much already) are meeting up in a playoff series, the general consensus is that this will be an interesting set of games, no matter who wins. However, the majority of the population want to see Kansas City win, mostly because they haven’t been in the postseason in 29 years, which is fair.
Whoever you are going to root for in this year’s ALCS will be acceptable since it means that a team overlooked by a lot of people during the regular season will make a World Series appearance. This will be a nice change of pace from Texas-Detroit-New York-Boston group that always seem to be in the ALCS every year.
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