Baseball is at its best when it incorporates its rich history and feelings of nostalgia, which is why this World Series is a dream match-up.
Before even delving into the star power, coastal rivalry, or celebrities that will be involved when the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers meet in the Fall Classic, the narrative has to start with everything that has led up to this – not just in these playoffs, but in the decades that have passed.
These are not only two of the oldest franchises in the sport, but two of the most iconic, along with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.
Their ballparks – Fenway Park in Boston and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles – are monuments, while their logos are instantly recognisable.
There’s a reason why this match-up feels historic, despite the fact it will be the first time the Red Sox and Dodgers have met in the postseason since 1916.
In that previous meeting, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and Babe Ruth was producing the stuff of legend for the Red Sox. The two teams have never crossed paths again – until now.
If there was recent history between the teams, it may have added another element to the World Series, but the rarity of the two sides sharing the same field in October makes it akin to catching Halley’s Comet.
Viewers who tune in will be watching the newest chapter in baseball history being written. If that doesn’t get you interested in the World Series, baseball fan or not, nothing will.
But that’s not all. Come for the history, stay for everything else.
You want quality? How does a pitching duel between two aces in Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw sound? Or Mookie Betts (right) and Manny Machado taking cuts at the plate in the same inning?
And a rivalry between Boston and Los Angeles may not exist in baseball, but there’s enough bad blood in the Celtics-Lakers history for the fan bases to carry it over. Expect to hear the familiar ‘beat LA’ chant plenty from the Boston faithful.
Throw in Dodger Dogs, Fenway Franks, the Green Monster, celebrity fans on both sides of the aisle and you have everything you could possibly want in a World Series.
And if you think baseball fans will enjoy it, imagine how broadcast executives are feeling as they’re envisioning the ratings they’ll rake in from two of the top media markets in the country.
Hopefully, the play on the field lives up to the billing and we get seven games, regardless of who wins, because baseball is the real winner here.