Giants Royals World Series Wahoo!
It’s taken 144 seasons of professional league baseball in the United Series to have a San Francisco/Kansas City Championship, and it will probably be another 144 seasons before it happens again. Who will win? Who knows?
The post-season bears essentially no relationship to the regular season except for the fact that only the 10 teams with the best regular season records get to play in the post-season. Let .500 teams routinely play in the post-season, and we’d occasionally have .500 teams as World Champions.
No better example of this phenomenon is the success in the NLCS of Travis Ishikawa. Ish is a good guy — a good teammate and a guy who understands his role. He’s paid his dues, and he’s the kind of player you feel good about when good things happen to him. What he is not is a great major league baseball player — at least until this week. His 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning sends the Giants to the World Series, and he had seven RBIs in the five-game NLCS, contributing significantly to three of the Giants’ four wins. It has to be the moment of a lifetime for him and his family.
Two scrappy wild-card teams will be battling out for the World Championship. It’s going to be fun to watch.