Once upon a time, there was a plucky little baseball player named Derek Jeter. Back in 1996, Jeter was just leading his team, the storied New York Yankees, back to glory.

Through the lens of SportsCenter, these Yankees captured national attention as they ran all the way to the World Series and toppled the mighty Braves to capture the crown.

But, as soon as all that adulation began in this new Yankees dynasty, a dark cloud descended over the team. Rising payroll and a decade of dominance perverted the once upstart team into the biggest ogre in the kingdom. Good Mr. Jeter became as polarizing a figure as ever before, becoming transformed into Cap'n Jetes and almost ascending into the heavens bodily.

With this cloud of disgust ringing the team everywhere but New York, the Houston Astros discovered a new foe. Interleague play was new and exciting and the Astros journeyed into the heart of the desolation of Steinbrenner in 2003.

That's when the Astros struck a blow for all of baseball, throwing an improbable eight-pitcher no-hitter at said Yankees, humbling the beast in its home territory.

Thus began the AL Wars, which the Astros grappled with for the next ten years, falling to a Black hearted team from Chicago in 2005 and seeing that dark cloud block out any memories of a great 2004 NLCS battle with the equally nefarious Cardinals.

Things shifted in 2013.