It is time for a new blog series for Sully Baseball.
This series is called “Great Missed Opportunity” and like most things Sully Baseball, it will be detailed and cover all 30 franchises.
The premise of this series is that every team has had a year where they put together a good solid team that if they won it all, they’d be one of the most loved teams in their franchise’s history.
They would be teams filled with beloved players and a fun storyline. They would be teams that a championship would be the crowning achievement
And each of these teams came short of winning the pennant and have retreated into obscurity, revered by only the biggest die hard fans.
Now I have set up two parameters for the series.
1. THE TEAM CAN NOT HAVE LOST IN THE WORLD SERIES.
People tend to remember pennant winners (OK, most people anyway) and even teams that came up short in the World Series gave their fan base the thrill of winning the pennant.
2. THE TEAM MUST BE IN THE WILD CARD ERA.
In other words all of these teams are from 1995 to present. If 20 years have passed, it is time to move on. Now that has created some problems for the Royals, Blue Jays and Pirates entries, but I want to keep these entries fairly recent and where the wounds are relatively fresh.
I’ve already written the first entry in the series, one for the 2006 Minnesota Twins. You can read that by clicking HERE.
So brace yourself fans. There are going to be some painful memories coming and a few teams you may have forgotten about that make you think “Wow, that WOULD have been a great team to see win it all.”