What If the Nationals, Reds, A's and Orioles Reached the Championship Series?

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What If the Nationals, Reds, A's and Orioles Reached the Championship Series?
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The Reds and Nationals squared off earlier in the season.

Major League Baseball's championship series have begun, but that doesn't stop fans of the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles from pondering what might have been.

After long, storied and magical seasons for each of them, all four teams were eliminated from the postseason after the Division Series.

Unfortunately for all four fanbases, there are to be no more games until 2013.

But what if it was these four who advanced in place of their conquerors? After all, each of the four series went to Game 5, so it's not as if this is an outlandish thought.

For one thing, it certainly wouldn't be the "same 'ol thing." The St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants have all visited the World Series in the last six years. The Cardinals won in 2011 and 2006; the Giants in 2010; the Yankees in 2009 and the Tigers, though they lost, went to the World Series in 2006 against the Cardinals.

The Athletics haven't been since 1989. The Nationals have never been. The Reds haven't been there for two decades. The Orioles haven't been in over three decades.

Here's a prediction for what it could have looked like.

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