Cubs vs Indians. Curse vs curse. The two best and most complete teams in baseball going toe to toe in the World Series. After this World Series is done, one championship drought will end, while the other will continue.
Before the Cavaliers broke Cleveland’s championship drought with an epic come from behind victory over the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Cleveland was known as a city of losers. Phrases like “The Drive”, “The Fumble”, and “The shot” were painful reminders of what could have been. Now the Indians are back in the World Series for the first since 1997, and are looking to win there second championship since 1948.
If it’s one team that could sympathize with Cleveland’s misery and heartbreak, it would be the Chicago Cubs. It’s been 108 years since the Cubs last won a World Series. The longest active championship drought in the history of sports. It’s been 71 years since they last played in a World Series. Just like Cleveland, names and phrases like “Curse of the Bill Goat”, and Steve Bartman continue to haunt the Cubs.
This World Series matchup is rich with tradition, history, great managers and players on both sides.
The Cubs won 103 games this season and beat the Giants and Dodgers in the NLDS and NLCS respectively. They boost some of the best young players in the game in Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez. They also have great pitching in Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey. Manger Joe Madden is right up there with the games best managers. It wasn’t until his arrival in Chicago that the Cubs started to turn things around.
The Indians won 94 games and the AL Central this season. They swept the Red Soxs in the ALDS and beat the Blue Jays in 5 games in the ALCS. They have arguably the best closer in the game right now in Andrew Miller. He has been lights outs this entire postseason. They also have great pitching and hitting like the Cubs in Francisco Lindor, Corey Kolber, Andrew Miller and Carlos Santana.
Terry Francona is the best manager in baseball. He managed the Red Soxs when the broke “The curse of the Bambino” in 2004 and now he has an opportunity to break another curse in Cleveland. Terry just installs so much confidence in his players and always seems to make the right decisions at the right time.
Just to think this World Series matchup might not have been possible without the New York Yankees. At the deadline the Yankees trade both Miller and Chapman to the Indians and Cubs. What a World Series it’s going to be.