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It's Matt Harvey vs. Edinson Volquez in World Series Game 1

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It feels like we've gone forever without baseball, but it's just been a few days: the Royals officially punched their return ticket to the World Series late on Friday night. Hopefully you used your time wisely and rested up, because Game 1 of the Fall Classic is on Tuesday, and will feature Matt Harvey facing Edinson Volquez in Kansas City.

The Mets haven't won the World Series since 1986, the Royals not since 1985. Kansas City had a chance to change that a year ago against the Giants, which was also their first return trip to the playoffs since that '85 season. The Mets have had a bit more luck in the intervening years, but they too lost their last World Series appearance, back in 2000 against the Yankees. New York has two World Series victories since their inception in 1962, the Royals just the 1985 win since their 1969 introduction: regardless of the winner, a fan base and organization that could use another World Series championship is going to get one.

It's a nice change of pace from recent years, where the Giants, Cardinals and Red Sox have dominated, and in some cases did so against teams who probably needed a championship more. The downside, of course, is that someone is still going to end up heartbroken, and with the way baseball is, you never know when the next time the loser -- or the winner -- will be back to try again. We can worry about that later, though. For now, we've got Game 1 to focus on.