There are 30 major league baseball franchises. Of those 30, 22 have won a world championship. Of the eight teams who've never won, only two - the Mariners and the Nationals - have never played in a World Series.
Prior to 2010, the Rangers were also on the never-been-there list, and currently they have a shot at being the 24th franchise to actually win a World Series.
Some years back I invented a wacky theory I called "Calvin's Curse." My fictional backstory was that upon leaving Washington following the 1960 season, Calvin Griffith hired a gypsy to put a curse on any baseball team with a Washington connection - other than the Twins, of course - that said team would never reach a World Series. It held true until the Rangers won last year's American League Championship Series before going on to lose the World Series to San Francisco.
Did I mention that their manager's name is Washington?
Again, it was a joke, but it still jumps out at you that the Mariners of Seattle, Washington, and the Washington, D.C., Nationals have never played in the Fall Classic. Maybe, if the Rangers emerge as winners this year, the facade of this mythical curse will finally crumble.
I'd like nothing more than to forget about the whole thing, so let's go, Rangers.