Teams that need World Series title the most

Congratulations to the Houston Astros on their championship. One of the many great things about winning a World Series is that it’s a culmination: all the troubles and misfortunes a franchise and its fans may have gone through in the years before to win a World Series cease to be “painful memories”. and become a “compelling story”. Your team’s misfortunes disappear in an instant. Everything hurts, until it doesn’t.

Now that the Astros have given their fans a moment of peace, we’re wondering: who’s next? Which fan bases need their moment the most?

To set the parameters for this exercise, we’re going to focus on teams that have gone long (or at least long as far as fans are concerned) without winning a title and have made the playoffs recently or are about to. TO DO. Teams like the Orioles, or the Pirates, or even the Tigers – their fans are also desperate for a title, but…well, let’s get them to the playoffs first.

Here are your eight sufferings:

1. Dodgers
I know it probably sounds a little ridiculous to put the Dodgers in first place: didn’t they win the World Series two years ago? Well, yes, they did, but there’s no doubt that the “bubble” championship is (unfairly, I would say) considered more random than any other championship. Specifically, the Dodgers have the best team in baseball, seemingly year after year, but aside from the year when there were no fans in the stands to see them (other than a handful during the series itself , in Texas), they still fail in the playoffs.

The Dodgers can’t sustain this run indefinitely, can they? right? — which means they need to get a World Series title so people stop pestering them about it. It’s cool to be the Braves of the mid-1990s: you win every year! But the first thing people think of when they think of the mid-’90s Braves isn’t all the games they won; it’s the entire post-season series that they lost. The Dodgers desperately need to avoid the same fate.

2. Guardians
It’s certainly up in the air how the Guardians would have fared had they sneaked past the Yankees and entered the ALCS against the Astros, but if they did, it would have been their first ALCS. since their so close World Series season in 2016 and only their second this century. That’s a problem for a franchise as storied as Cleveland, and more specifically, one that has lasted as long as it has since winning the World Series. The drought will hit 75 next year if Cleveland doesn’t win it all, if you can believe it. This is obviously the longest title drought in baseball, essentially four generations of fans who have never seen their team win a World Series.

Will the Guardians ever have their Cubs/White Sox/Red Sox moment? You can’t blame their fans for starting to wonder.

3. Brewers
The Brewers have only made one World Series (since 1982), and they not only lost it, they lost it to a team that is now a division rival – St. Louis. But it should be noted that the Brewers’ current run is the best in franchise history, even with their disappointing end to the season. And yet they’ve lost four straight playoff matchups, starting with that crushing seven-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers in 2018.

The Brewers have one of the most loyal fan bases in the sport, a deep and talented pitching squad and a front office – even with David Stearns moving into an advisory role – that has shown it knows what it’s doing. . But the Brewers have still never won a World Series, one of the few teams in baseball that hasn’t. Is their window about to close? If so, how long will it be before it reopens?

4. Food
The Mets had good vibes this year, really until the last two weeks of the season and then the Wild Card Series loss to the Padres. They have now gone 36 years without a title, although new owner Steve Cohen and manager Buck Showalter have done everything they can to erase the entire LOLMets moniker. But that will never really go away — it will lurk ominously in the background until the Mets win a World Series.

5. Yankees
See, no one is ever, already going to feel bad for Yankees fans, and neither should they: No team is even inside half as many championships in total as they have. (If the Yankees went another 100 years without winning a World Series, they’d probably still be in first place in the rings.) But there have only been two other instances where the Yankees have gone 13 straight seasons without even reaching the Series. world. : from the beginnings of the Fall Classic in 1903 until the first appearance of the Yankees in 1921, and from 1982 to 1995. You start to see the pressure – on the fanbase, on the front office and even on the team it -same.

How many more years can the Yankees go untitled before they stop feeling like the Yankees? We can laugh at Yankees fans for being spoiled all we want, but if they lose it all Yankees thing… what else sets them apart?

6. Fathers
Another team that didn’t win a title. In fact, the last three teams on this list are all teams that haven’t won any of them. The Padres would be a bit higher on this list if they hadn’t taken the first step toward a title this year by finally beating those Dodgers in the NLDS.

The Dodgers have been their longtime bullies, and while the Padres couldn’t follow up their NLDS victory with a trip to their third World Series, they must be feeling much more positive about their season and their chances. to move forward. , right now than they did, say, the day we all learned about Fernando Tatis Jr’s suspension. They’ll get him back at the start of next season and he’ll join a team that knows they can beat the Dodgers. Now the Padres just have to do it again…and beat everyone else too.

7. Spokes
The early exit from the playoffs was their fourth consecutive playoff appearance after five years in the wilderness. But now that they make the playoffs every year, they’re starting to get their own reputation for failing in the playoffs. The Rays, like the Brewers, are in the middle of the best streak in franchise history, but, as with the Brewers, that won’t mean much if they never break through. Considering the Rays have won 14 fewer games this year than last year (that’s a year after reaching the World Series, no less), you have to worry about them falling behind.

8. Sailors
Congratulations, sailors! You went from “the team with the longest playoff drought in major North American professional sports” to “No. 8 fans most desperate for a World Series title. This is really progress! Of course, the Mariners have a distinction that no other team on this list, or in all of baseball, can claim: they never even made a World Series. So let’s do that first. If they lose this World Series, then they’ll know real pain.

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