Every year, the champions of the two leagues of Major League Baseball play one another to determine the world champion. This annual competition is called the World Series and has been played 111 times. The 2015 World Series matched the Kansas City Royals, winners of the American League pennant, against the New York Mets, champions of the National League.
The Royals were making their second straight appearance in the World Series. In 2014, the Royals lost to the San Francisco Giants, 4 games to 3. Kansas City returned to the Series after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series.
The New York Mets made their first trip to the World Series since 2000, when they lost to the New York Yankees. This was the fifth National League pennant in franchise history. The Mets beat the heavily favored Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. They surprisingly swept the Cubs, winning the series 4-0.
The Royals won the World Series, 4 games to 1. This was their second world championship. The last time that the Royals won the World Series was in 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals. This was one of the longest championship droughts in American League history.
In 2016, the Royals will be trying to make their third straight trip to the Series to defend their title. For many years, the Royals were a symbol of futility, as they struggled to win even 70 games. Now, they are an American League power and are favored to repeat as Central Division champions.
The Mets will also be favored to win the Eastern Division. However, once again the Chicago Cubs look like one of the best teams in baseball. Who will win the next World Series will certainly be exciting to find out.
Men have been dreaming of their World Series moment since they were little boys in their backyard with their tee, bat, and ball with the best wooden swing set in the background.