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SEU baseball team’s World Series picks not proving to be accurate

Amanda Gonzalez

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What do Taylor Swift and the movie “Back to the Future II” have in common? Even more so, what do they have to do with baseball? The answer — they were both born in 1989, and skeptical baseball fans are accrediting them for influencing this season’s dramatic turn of events.

This year, there seemed to be a cursed correlation between the locations she has played and the corresponding teams’ losing records. As far as the movie is concerned, “Back to the Future II” jokingly predicts the laughing-stock Chicago Cubs will win the World Series.

All in all, this seems to be the playoff year of the underdogs.

Four teams are left competing in the ALCS and NLCS — the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the New York Mets and Cubs. 

The Royals seek to redeem themselves after losing the championship to the San Francisco Giants last season. The Blue Jays also have a chip on their shoulder, as they are the only AL East team without postseason play in 21 consecutive seasons. In the past few months, the Canadian misfits made several player trades, allowing them to reach their current success.

In 1985, these two teams played in the ALCS and the Royals ended up advancing to and winning the World Series. Exactly 30 years later, Kansas City is hoping for some déjà vu action.

In the National League, the Mets, dubbed New York’s “little brother” team, eliminated the talented Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Most surprisingly though, the “Lovable Losers” of Chicago surpassed the Pittsburg Pirates and the rival St. Louis Cardinals, as they hope to win their first championship in 107 years.

Some people even blame the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for jinxing the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers to premature playoff defeats. His office sent this congratulatory post on Twitter before the game ended and the Astros blew a four-run lead, “Congrats to the @Astros on advancing to the ALCS. Hoping for an all-Texas #ALCS. Looking at you @Rangers.” The Rangers would also lose in Game 5 of the ALDS the following day.

At the start of the 2015 season, 30 members of the St. Edward’s University baseball team made their World Series championship predictions. Three of the remaining teams were not even voted upon, and those who selected the Cubs hope to see the movie joke become a reality.

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SEU baseball team’s World Series picks not proving to be accurate