1. For these teams, the World Series is a long time coming
The Dodgers have been banging on the World Series door in recent years, making the NLCS three times since 2009 before finally breaking through this year. The team hasn’t been to the World Series since its last championship in 1988, so expect this one to be a major celebration for Dodgers fans.
The Astros haven’t had to wait as long as the Dodgers—Houston last made the World Series in 2005 while it was still in the National League—but the franchise has never won a championship. After years of rebuilding and 100-loss seasons, the Astros are now one of the powerhouse teams in baseball, sporting a roster of young stars they nurtured through the minor leagues. Add that to the city’s recent suffering at the winds and flooding of Hurricane Harvey, and this promises to be an emotional catharsis for the team’s millions of fans.
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