The last time the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals faced each other in the American League Championship Series, it didn't go so well for the birds.
In the 1985 ALCS, the Jays were leading 3-1 in their seven-game series against the Royals. In three of those games, the Royals scored first, but late-inning comebacks secured two of the Jays' victories.
But it all fell apart in Game 5, the Royals won 2-0, and came back to win the rest of the series.
The Royals then went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to capture the World Series that year. That's the team's only championship title so far.
Members of the 1985 Blue Jays squad like outfielders Jesse Barfield and George Bell say the loss still stings 30 years later.
This time around, the situation is reversed, with the Royals leading the series 3-1 ahead of Wednesday's Game 5. They're going to need some magic. The Jays have been outscored (33-14 in the series), outhit (.331-.233 team batting average) and outpitched (did you see Game 4?).
Jays outfield and team leader Jose Bautista is undeterred.
"Being backed against the wall is nothing but an opportunity to start something great..." ~anonymous~October 21, 2015
And so are these fans.
30 years ago the Jays beat the Royals in KC for a 3-1 ALCS lead. Royals won G7 in Toronto. 30 years later, history will invert itself.— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) October 21, 2015
Big Picture: Win 3 games in a row.
Small Picture: Win 1 game at home, today.October 21, 2015
Here's hoping they're right. Go Blue Jays. #ComeTogether.
With files from Huffington Post Canada's Ron Nurwisah.
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