Although the first game's score might not reflect it, and the final ratings might not be to Major League Baseball's liking, the 2014 World Series is one of the best pairings we've seen in a decade. It's two teams you might look at and think you have no business cheering for either, but you'd be mistaken to not invest some emotion into this year's October classic. The matchup has everything you never knew you wanted from a championship.
We've seen some interesting storylines in the last ten years: Boston breaking the curse in 2004, the White Sox bringing a rare baseball championship back to Chicago, the Cardinals being down to their last strike against the Rangers and pulling out an inexplicable victory. The thing is, either the matchups haven't been too compelling (Boston swept St. Louis in '04, the Phillies beat Tampa Bay 4-1) or we've seen much of the same every year (St. Louis, Boston, or San Francisco). But with the Giants competing for the team's third World Series victory in five years, it might be quietly ascending into the ranks of a true baseball dynasty, something we haven't seen since the Joe Torre Yankees dominated the league from 1996-2000, which is reason enough to root for the Giants to win it all. It's just not the type of thing you see too often, and if we're in the middle of watching one of the great units in baseball history, it's something we should embrace.
While the Giants might win and be recognized as a dynasty, they weren't supposed to even be here. But neither were their opponents. It's only the second time two Wild Card teams have clashed in the World Series, which some believe may have set this Fall Classic up to be the worst ever. Where's the division powerhouse? Where's the team with the big bats and the killer bullpen that nobody could hit during the summer? Somehow instead, we basically ended up watching two underdogs fight it out, and that's something you don't get to see too often in professional sports. You rarely see two teams that didn't have a shot at winning only weeks ago facing off for the final prize, and it's definitely something you won't want to miss.
Just as attractive a prospect as seeing the Giants become baseball immortals, is the chance to witness the young squad of Kansas City upstarts do the impossible: bring a championship back to the heartland after almost 30 years of futility as fans watched their best players leaving for bigger cities and better payouts. A small-market team done good, the sort of thing that you rarely see these days, save for maybe the Green Bay Packers or the San Antonio Spurs. Really, the only thing that could ruin this World Series is a blowout. Granted, the Giants started going down that road in Game 1, but if the Royals can get their groove back, this World Series has everything you could want — except for maybe the team you usually root for.