Because the Chicago Cubs monopolize baseball’s sad sackery, it’s easy to forget the collective futility of the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. Coming into this season, the Giants had suffered through 52 non-championship years in San Francisco. The Rangers, including their time in Washington, D.C., went 49 years without so much as a postseason series win. Add ‘em up and they equaled the Cubs’ 101 years of yearning.
Since getting into a self-loathing contest with the Cubs is futile, it was best, then, to compare the Giants and Rangers to each other. They’re similar enough: big underdogs to reach the World Series, from markets larger than they seem and boasting enough talent and intrigue that this series shouldn’t be the ratings disaster Fox expects.