Monday, June 23, 2008
The Championship series, edition 8 get underway soon, and four of Second City's powerhouses collide. Between them these four squad hold 29 (of a possible 32) division championships, 7 league championships, and four of the seven World Series titles.
In the AL, Salem, 8-time division champ, 3-time pennant winner, and World Series Champ in Season 3 (only time the AL won) takes on Rochester, 5-time consecutive winner of the AL East and last year's AL pennant winner. In the past 5 seasons, these two squads have met only once in post-season play. Salem won an ALCS matchup in Season 5. In the regular season, Rochester took 6 of 10 meetings, 5 of 6 in Salem.
In the NL, San Juan, 6-time division champ, 8-time playoff participant, winner of the first two World Series crowns, takes on defending champ Sioux falls, an 8-time division champ, hoping to even its NLCS record at 2-2 with a series win. Amazingly, in 8 years in the same half of the bracket, San Juan and Sioux Falls met only once, in Season 2, with San Juan winning 3 consecutive elimination games to take the series in 7 games. This year, the Dakota won 8 of 10 regular season meetings (3-1 road, 5-1 home).