MLB World Series
Ever since 1903, the American League champion and the National League champion have met in a series to determine who is Major League Baseball’s best team. The winner of this series heads home with the Commissioner’s Trophy, but that is only after they defeat their opponent in four games out of seven. Starting in 2003, the winner of the All-Star Game decided which team would get home-field advantage in the World Series. Before the 2017 season, however, the MLB ruled that the exhibition game would no longer determine something as big as home-field advantage in the most important series of the year. Now the team that had the better record during the regular season is the one that gets home-field advantage in the World Series. Games 1 and 2 are played at the stadium of the team that had the better record during the regular season, and Games 6 and 7 would also be played there if the series goes on that long.
2017 World Series Matchup
This year's World Series features two of the best teams in baseball from this past season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. That makes this year the first time two 100-win teams are facing off against each other in the Fall Classic since the Reds and Orioles did so in 1970. It's the Dodgers first trip to the Series since 1988, when they took down the Oakland A's, while the Astros will be vying for their first title in team history. Houston's only prior World Series appearance came in 2005, when they lost to the Chicago White Sox.
Who won the first ever World Series?
In the first ever modern World Series (there were other attempts at naming a champion before they found a way to make this work in 1903), the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox) took on the Pittsburg Pirates (now the Pittsburgh Pirates). The Americans won that 5-3—five games to three, that is, as the series was a best-of-nine affair at that time. It was a monumental win for Boston, an organization that now has eight World Series championships in franchise history.
What happened in the 2016 World Series?
The 2016 World Series was one for the ages, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in extra innings of a Game 7 matchup at Progressive Field. The Cubs led that game 6-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Indians then tied the game up at 6-6. A rain delay would only add to the drama, but the Cubs were able to rally together in the locker room and come away with the win. This was all after the Indians stormed out to a 3-1 lead in the series. Chicago showed tremendous poise and guts in order to claw its way back into the series. It was Chicago’s first World Series victory since 1908, ending a 108-year championship drought. The Cubs also ended a 71-year National League pennant drought by getting to the World Series. Both of those streaks were the longest in Major League Baseball history.
While all of the Cubs played a gigantic part in helping the team win its third World Series in franchise history, second baseman Ben Zobrist is the man who took home the MVP honors. Zobrist was 10-for-28 with two doubles and two RBI in the series. He also provided some much-needed veteran leadership to his teammates, as Zobrist had been there before—this was the second time won the World Series in his career.
What team has had the most success in the World Series?
When talking about World Series success, the team that dominates the conversation is the New York Yankees. The Yankees last won a World Series championship in 2009, and it was New York’s 27th title. The Bronx Bombers also happen to be the most recent team to have back-to-back championships, and they actually did even more than that: They won the World Series in three straight seasons from 1998 to 2000. The team with the second-most World Series victories is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have won 11 World Series titles, with their most recent coming in 2011.
How Much Will World Series Tickets Cost?
2017 World Series tickets start at just under $1000 in both Los Angeles and Houston. Should the series go beyond four games, fans should expect that games later in the series -- if a team is at home with a chance to clinch the title -- will be more in-demand.
How to buy MLB World Series tickets
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When do MLB World Series tickets go on sale?
MLB World Series tickets typically go on sale in October.
How much do MLB World Series tickets cost?
MLB World Series tickets can range quite a bit in price depending on the day, game, and type of ticket purchased. Tickets for earlier rounds are generally cheaper than AL or NL championship series tickets. SeatGeek has the widest selection of tickets on the web, offering MLB World Series tickets for every fan at every price point. For the 2016 MLB World Series, tickets were priced at an average of $2983.
Where does the MLB World Series take place?
The MLB World Series takes place at two stadiums within America, depending on who makes it.
When does the MLB World Series take place?
This year, the MLB World Series begins on October 24th, 2017.