Today in Postseason History: Royals, Mets clinch World Series Championships
Let's talk about fate, destiny, the unbending and inescapable will of time. Let's talk about how sometimes, things align just so -- making it seem like our reality has been set on this one unwavering path for millennia.
Why are we talking about these things? Because Tuesday, the day the Mets and Royals face off in Game 1 of the World Series (air time 7:30 p.m. ET; game time 8 p.m. on FOX), is also the anniversary of the last time both teams won their most recent championships. It seems too perfect, doesn't it?
Thirty years ago, on Oct. 27, 1985, Brett Saberhagen got Andy Van Slyke to pop out to right field for the final out of his five-hit shutout, thus completing Kansas City's comeback after being down 3-1 to take the seven-game series with an 11-0 victory.
Precisely one year later, on Oct. 27, 1986, Jesse Orosco struck out Marty Barrett to give the Mets their first championship since 1969.
And now, 29 years after that, the two teams are squaring off for their next World Series title. That's either fate, or whoever laid out the Gregorian calendar thousands of years ago really knew what they were doing.