It just seems like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are always in the World Series.
Truth be told, each team has made only one appearance in the past 10 years. The Dodgers lost last year’s seven-game Series to the Houston Astros and in 2013 the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
These storied franchises haven’t played each other in Major League Baseball’s championship series since 1916, when 21-year-old pitcher Babe Ruth was on the Red Sox team that beat the Brooklyn Robins in five games. The Robins soon became the Dodgers; in 1958 they were relocated to Los Angeles.
The Red Sox started this season with the highest payroll among baseball’s 30 franchises. The Dodgers were third, behind the San Francisco Giants. Although there are rare exceptions, it’s no surprise the teams with the first- and third-highest payrolls are meeting in the World Series. For anybody who cheers for the Milwaukee Brewers —ahem!! — whose salary costs place them 26th, it’s exhilarating to think they were one victory from eliminating the Dodgers. But in reality, they didn’t have a chance.