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baseball bets with us. Let’s just get right into it sports fans… The heightening drama of the series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals got the team at RealBet interested in famous baseball comebacks. Should the Blue Jays come back from a 3-1 deficit and win their series against the Royals, it would surely count as one of the great comebacks of baseball history.
Do the record books provide any examples of teams counted out, but not down, arising as Lazarus from the figurative dead? Indeed they do and to the fans of the Toronto Blue Jays we say, “Dare to Believe!”
The Math is Against Comebacks – If This Was Poker You Would Fold
It is no secret that when you are down two games or more in a best of seven series in any sport that the math is pretty much against you. Without going into the percentages, let’s just say that if you were playing it like a poker hand you would fold. However, it’s never over until the last card has been dealt.
Let’s take a look at some baseball teams that have pulled off coming back to win a playoff series after being down 3-1.
2003 Florida Marlins – NLCS Comeback
National League Championship Series / NLCS Comeback – Nearly reminiscent of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”, the hapless Chicago Cubs could not finish off the wild card Florida Marlins in a series that cause much keening and wailing in the Windy City. Although clubbing the Marlins to death with miniature commemorative bats was Chicago’s plan, the Marlins managed to jump back in the water and win the struggle. Fishy literary allusions aside, the Florida Marlins went on to win the 2003 World Series and won it for the entire state of Florida and not just Miami.
2004 Boston Red Sox ALCS Comeback – First World Series in 86 Years
American League Championship Series / ALCS Comeback – It was the year that the “Curse of the Bambino” finally came to end causing straight men in Boston to kiss each other unashamedly. Playing against the villains of baseball, aka the New York Yankees, the 2004 Red Sox came back not just from 3-1 down- but more astoundingly from a 3-0 deficit. It turned out to be a year of destiny for the Beantowners as they went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals and win their first World Series in 86 years.
1985 Kansas City Royals – ALCS and World Series Comebacks
It may be salt in the wound or perhaps it is the universe about to balance itself in the most elegant of ways, but the Blue Jays and the Royals have been here before. However, it was the 1985 Royals that were down 3-1 and pulled off a historic comeback to beat the Blue Jays in 7 games. Not only did the Royals mount a historic comeback against the Blue Jays, but they also did the same thing in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Down 3-1, the Royals managed to gut out two wins before blowing out the Cardinals in game 7 by a score of 11-0.
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