For the first time in five years, the World Series is guaranteed to reward fans who have waited a generation to celebrate.
The Kansas City Royals have not won a championship since 1985, the Mets since 1986. The last matchup of such historically drought-stricken rivals was in 2010, when the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers. Neither had ever won a World Series in its current city.
Since then, of course, the Giants have won twice more, and the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox have stepped back to the podium after just a few years away. The Royals came tantalizingly close last fall.
Their loss to the Giants in Game 7, with the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth inning, became an instantly indelible moment in baseball history. If Salvador Perez had hit a home run against Madison Bumgarner, as he had done in the…