Mets and Cubs battle for right to Fall Classic

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs meet in the 2015 NLCS in what many expect to be a battle of historic proportions.

 

The Mets magic carpet ride makes its next stop at Citi Field on Saturday as the Chicago Cubs stand between the Amazin’s and a trip to the World Series.

For the Mets sake they’re hoping that history will repeat itself.

 During New York’s improbable run to the 1969 World Series Championship, the Cubs coughed up a nine game lead in mid-August to give the Miracle Mets a National League East title.

Chicago’s collapse is regarded as one of the most epic in baseball history and served as the springboard to the Amazin’s heart-pounding postseason run.

The Cubs lost 17 of their last 25 games, while the Mets won 23 of their last 30 to complete a dramatic 17-game turnaround on their way to the franchise’s first title.

Both the Mets and Cubs have prolonged championship droughts.

For the Mets, they’ve gone 29 years without October glory, despite making the playoffs five times since and reaching the World Series in 2000.

The 1986 Mets were one of the most beloved and defiant teams in recent memory. The borough of Queens has been starved for a title to celebrate, but its anguish pales in comparison to the suffering Cubs fans have endured over the last century.

The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908 and haven’t made an appearance since 1945.

The Curse of the Billy Goat originated when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a 1945 World Series game at Wrigley Field against the Detroit Tigers because his pet goat’s odor was bothering fans.

Sianis allegedly left the stadium in a huff reportedly saying, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

This ominous statement has haunted Cubs fans for the past 70 years.

In Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins, the Cubs held a 3-2 lead in the series and 3-0 advantage heading to the top of the eighth inning.

Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo hit a pop up down the left field line that entered foul territory and outfielder Moises Alou attempted the catch, but was interfered with by a fan.

 That fan, Steve Bartman, became the Cubs public enemy number one for years to come.  Chicago would surrender eight runs in the inning; dropping the contest 8-3 and eventually losing the series in Game 7.

The “Steve Bartman Incident” became the latest curse to afflict the franchise.

 As two storied teams collide in the 2015 NLCS, the Cubs and Mets will look to exorcise the demons of the past and punch their ticket to the Fall Classic. 


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