The World Series is one of the true American sporting events and the long, illustrious history of Major League Baseball traces back to the early twentieth century. In fact, the first World Series was held back in 1903, meaning that baseball has been at the heart of America for over 100 years. And many American citizens enjoy heading down to their local ground to watch as the top 30 teams in the country battle it out on the regular season as they all hunt the prestigious World Series title.
Over the years, fans have been treated to various standout moments, highlights and unforgettable incidents in the World Series. Baseball may not be for everyone but for Americans, it is a way of life – and that’s just the way it is. Whether you’re a huge fan of the game or not, the World Series is a MUST watch and is one of the highlights of the American sporting calendar. Here are a few facts on the history of the sport, as well as a few predictions as to who could emerge victorious in this season’s World Series.
The New York Yankees are the most successful team in Major League Baseball history with 27 World Series titles. The Yankees have been blessed with some phenomenal players and the likes of Joe Gordon, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth were all instrumental in their heyday. And while the Yankees have suffered a minor blip since winning the World Series in 2009, they remain an exceptional baseball team and could get their hands on a 28th World Series crown this year – they are currently 30/1 to win the title at Sportsbook.ag.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, formerly known as the Brooklyn Dodgers, are perhaps the unluckiest in World Series history. They have reached the showpiece series event on 18 occasions but have lifted the title just six times – with 12 defeats. The Dodgers were founded way back in 1884, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious baseball teams in America. And although they have failed to reach the World Series since winning their sixth crown in 1988, they remain one of the best supported franchises in the league.
The Chicago Cubs are currently leading the way at the top of the MLB’s standings and many fans believe this could be their time to return to the big time after an elusive 108 years since their last World Series success. They are playing incredibly well right now and ESPN claimed that the Cubs are going for broke this season: it’s the World Series title or nothing. Not even a runner-up spot would constitute a successful year – which is potentially a little harsh considering how difficult and competitive the sport is becoming.
Last year’s champions Kansas City Royals could be there or thereabouts as well but they haven’t started the season particularly well. In recent times, defending champions have struggled to retain the crown and the Royals have it all to do if they are to keep the World Series title in their trophy room for another year. They are currently 13-12 and sit third in the American League Central but recently lost to the Washington Nationals – who also have World Series aspirations of their own.
It is difficult to see the Cubs missing out on current form but the Nationals will be waiting in the wings if Chicago slip up. The Nationals are a well-oiled, complete baseball side and while they can’t quite match the Cubs in terms of star quality, you could argue that they have the most complete and reliable side in Major League Baseball. Washington are making moves in the betting markets and many punters will fancy the Nationals to pip Chicago to the title this year, especially as they have never won the World Series.
Throughout the season, there will be plenty of twists and turns and it would be foolish to believe that the Chicago Cubs already have the World Series sewn up. In fact, the postseason tends to provide the biggest shocks of all and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Cubs suffer a shock defeat in the playoffs. However, if they perform at their best, they could be set for a third World Series crown and their first since 1908.