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The last time Toronto hosted an ALCS game was….

Tonight the Blue Jays host the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS, with Kansas City up 2-0 in the series. Last year the Royals made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, which made the Blue Jays the holder of the longest playoff drought in all four major sports. The Blue Jays broke that drought this year obviously, but prior to that, what happened the last time they were in the playoffs?

Following up their 1st ever World Series appearance and win, the Blue Jays added Hall-of-Famers Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor and went 95-67 to clinch 1st place in the AL East. 1993 was the last year that there were only two playoff teams from each league, and Toronto would face the White Sox in the ALCS.

Toronto hosted Game 3,4 and 5 of the ALCS, before heading back to Chicago to win Game 6 to clinch the series.

And oh by the way, the last game Toronto hosted before this year was Game 6 of the World Series, where the Blue Jays had the series lead 3-2, and while they had a 5-1 lead in the 5th inning, the Phillies scored 5 runs in the 7th, and then this happened:


Cubs vs Mets – who’s got the better 60′s era theme song?

Tonight the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets square off in the Game 1 of the NLCS. Both teams have a long history, which means both teams have 1960s era theme songs written about them.

Here’s “Meet the Mets” for (obviously) the Mets:

The song was written by Bill Katz and Ruth Roberts (who also wrote many other baseball songs like “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame”) in 1962.

And while “Go Cubs Go” is played at Wrigley after every Cubs win, the 1969 Cubs had “Hey Hey Holy Mackerel” as their fight song:

“Hey Hey Holy Mackerel” was written by Chicago bandleader Johnny Frigo, who appeared on and hosted various radio music programs in Chicago from 1951 up until the 1970s. The song was for the 1969 Cubs, who in the first year of the National League East, held first place until early September when they were swept at Shea Stadium by the Mets and ended up losing 17 out of 25 games, to finish in 2nd at 92-70. (The Mets went on to win the World Series by the way)

So who do you think has the better theme song?

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