This isn’t just a matchup of the two best teams in the American League. It’s two front offices that mortgaged the future to win right now. It’s two rabid fan bases starving for a World Series championship. It’s two lineups generating runs in opposite fashion, with home ballparks that suit their specific needs. It’s two clubhouses riding emotional highs from thrilling comebacks.
It’s two teams with a chippy history.
Ten short weeks ago, the Royals and Blue Jays played a game that featured three hit-by-pitches, three ejections, several other up-and-in fastballs and one benches-clearing incident. Now they meet in the American League Championship Series, with Game 1 set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX and Sportsnet — and it should be nothing short of gripping.
There’s something special happening on Chicago’s North Side, and the vibe in Queens is just as wild.
With the Mets outlasting the Dodgers, 3-2, to win Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night, fans of two franchises that entered 2015 coming off a combined 11 consecutive losing seasons — six for the Mets, five for the Cubs — will get to cheer their teams on in the NL Championship Series.
So who you picking to advance to the final round? In AL we have a bunch of “Bad Boys” and veterans. In the NL, we have a bunch of young, exciting talent.