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Mets Or Royals? 6 Ways To Decide Who To Root For In The 2015 World Series

Hop on the bandwagon while there's still room.

The World Series starts on Tuesday, but your team has already been eliminated and you don't know who root for.

You might know a number of players on Kansas City or New York, but you don't really have an affinity for either team.

The Mets are the team with the fantastic young arms that have guided them past the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. The Royals used their strong hitting and speed to beat the Houston Astros and Blue Jays on their way to the team's second straight World Series appearance.

If that doesn't sway you one way or another, here are some other reasons why you might want to root for either the Royals or the Mets in this year's Fall Classic.

 

1. Mascots: Mr. Met vs. Sluggerrr

Mr. Met is one of the oldest and most famous mascots in Major League Baseball. 

The baseball-headed mascot made his debut in 1964, and has been a fan favorite ever since.

Mr. Met isn't just popular among Mets fans. Every year he is ranked No. 1, or near the top, in lists ranking the most popular mascot in all of sports.

Meanwhile, the Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, made his first appearance at the beginning of the 1996 season. The team has experienced great success in the lion's 20th season.

Having a lion, the king of the jungle, as the Royals' mascot makes complete sense. What doesn't make sense is why the crown is part of his head -- he looks like a lion-version of Bart Simpson -- and why they decided to add two extra R's to the end of the mascot's name.

Is that an SEO-ploy or something? The forever-unique "Sluggerrr" and his two R's must rrrepresent the two jury cases a man lost trying to rrrecoup $16,000 in medical expenses he incurred when a hot dog tossed from Sluggerrr's paw caused a detached rrretina in his left eye

Mr. Met never hurt nobody. 

 

2. Celebrity Fans: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart vs. Paul Rudd & Jason Sudeikis

When it comes to celebrity fans, both the Mets and the Royals have some very notable comedic actors cheering them on. 

New York comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart have spoken about their strong allegiances to the Mets.

"I was 11 or 12 years old. We had a huge orange La-Z-Boy recliner downstairs in my house on Long Island, and I just started watching the Mets," Seinfeld said in a 2014 interview with ESPN. "I fell in love with them instantly."

Rock and Seinfeld have been present at some of the team's games this postseason.

Seinfeld, Rock and Stewart are quite the powerhouse lineup when it comes to celebrity fandom, but the Royals have some notable fans of their own.

When Kansas City started playing well in 2014, people began finding out that the Royals had hilarious actors as fans, including Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis.

Rudd was the most active and present during the Royals' run in the 2014 postseason. The actor even joked on local television last October that he would be partying at his mom's house after Kansas City went to World Series last year -- something that actually ended up happening once people began showing up at his mom's front door expecting a kegger

No word yet on what he has planned if they go on to win this year's World Series. Another kegger at Mrs. Rudd's does sound like a tempting reason to root for the Royals, though. 

 

3. Championship Drought: 29 years vs. 30 years

What makes teams like the Chicago Cubs so easy to root for is that they have gone so long without winning a championship. Well, both the Mets and the Royals have gone a few decades without a World Series title, too.

29 years have passed since New York last won a championship.

Mookie Wilson celebrating after the Mets beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series
Mookie Wilson celebrating after the Mets beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series

In 1986, the Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in a memorable seven-game World Series, which included Bill Buckner's ground ball gaffe in Game 6. 

It has been a full three decades since Kansas City won their last professional sports championship.

The Royals after winning the 1985 World Series
The Royals after winning the 1985 World Series

In 1985, George Brett and the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals in another memorable seven-game World Series. Other than a 1970 Super Bowl win, Kansas City has been a dry town for championship champagne. 

One of these franchises' decades-long championship drought will come to an end after this series. It will also mark an end to years of mediocre baseball and disappointments.  

 

4. Stadium: Citi Field vs. Kauffman Stadium

Citi Field is the much newer stadium out of the two, with its first season being in 2009.

The Flushing ballpark replaced Shea Stadium, which housed the Mets from 1964-2008.

At a total seating capacity of about 42,000, Citi Field is smaller than Shea Stadium, but it also has a more modern feel to it than its predecessor. 

New York will be hosting their first World Series game in the stadium on Friday.

Kauffman Stadium, on the other hand, has been around since 1973 and has hosted games from three previous World Series.

After renovations from 2007-2009, the new stadium went from a seating capacity of 40,775 to 38,177. Although the max capacity changed, the famous waterfalls in right-center field have not.

While giant water fountains are cool, Citi Field's giant bobbing home run apple in center field is the right mixture of bizarre and charming. 

Have a bite!

 

5. Team Song: "Meet the Mets" vs. "Trap Queen" 

Both of these songs are both radically different. One song sounds like a Broadway show tune and the other is a rap song by an artist from Paterson, New Jersey that somehow ended up as the Royals' unofficial anthem

"Meet the Mets" was written and composed by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz as part of a 1961 competition. The Roberts-Katz product ended up being chosen as the Mets official song.

The public heard the song for the first time in 1963 and it has been a part of the Mets franchise since. Just recently, a California Congressman had to sing the song on the House floor after losing a bet.

Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" became the de facto song for Kansas City this season after Royals players showed the rapper love during the summer.

Royals players love Fetty Wap so much that they had a policy where they would fine each other if they did not incorporate "1738" at some point during interviews. For those who aren't familiar with Fetty's music, the rapper shouts out "1738" -- a nod to his Remy Boyz crew and their namesake, the Rémy Martin 1738 cognac -- at the beginning of his songs.

Fetty ended up feeling so much love from the team that he visited Kansas City in August.

 

6. Team Spirit: The Lovable Losers (East) vs. The Lovable Losers (Midwest)

Both the Mets and Royals have been the "little brother," as they have seen their cross-town rivals accumulate all the glory and championships.

Since their 1986 World Series, the Mets have experienced minimal success, making it to the playoffs just four times from 1986 to 2014, but never attaining a championship.

During that time, the hated New York Yankees won five championships, including four in a five-year span. That fourth title in five years came at the cost of the Mets, who lost to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series. 

The Royals have experienced similar spells of nothingness. From 1986-2013, they played actual baseball for real fans without making a single postseason appearance. Their in-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, went to numerous postseasons during that time and won the 2006 and 2011 World Series. 

The 2015 World Series will give either the Mets or the Royals the opportunity to shake off that "Lovable Losers" tag. The title of "World Champions" is much, much richer.

And that will be great news for one of these franchise's title-hungry fan bases.

 

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