Lovable Losers

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Cleveland Indians home ballpark Progressive Field

This year, the World Series has the potential to be a matchup between the two teams with the longest championship droughts in baseball (excluding the six teams who have never taken home the Commissioners Trophy).

For the Indians, it has been 67 seasons since their last World Series win.

The team this year reminds me a lot of the 2015 Mets team. A team that hits the ball pretty well, but the main strength lies in its pitching.

From starters among the likes of Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, to the brilliant late acquisition of a dominant bullpen arm in Andrew Miller, the Tribe has some hurlers that strike fear into opposing lineups.

A win for the Indians would give Cleveland its second major sports championship this year, a feat rarely accomplished in any sports city. In fact, the last year such a scenario was accomplished was in 2004, when the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots each won their respective championships.

I worry that a World Series win may cause the city of Cleveland to accidentally burn itself to the ground in the midst of an outrageous celebration. I don’t know if Cleveland sports fans know what to do with a championship, let alone in two sports in the same year.

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Cleveland’s chamionship celebration for the Cavaliers

Then we have the Cubs, who have waited an astounding 107 seasons to get ahold of their third World Series title.

The Chicago Cubs are the best team in baseball. That is not an opinion.

As the only 100 win team in baseball, the Cubs have dominated the year from beginning to end.

Much of the team’s success has been due to the fact that they are one of the most complete teams every assembled.

The pitching staff was one of the best in the National League. With Cy Young candidates like Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta, along with bullpen arms like Aroldis Chapman bringing 103 mph heat on a nightly basis, opposing bats are often held quiet.

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Cubs infielder Javier Baez

 

Then there is the lineup. One of the youngest in baseball is also one of the scariest. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. All under 27, and all absolutely mashing. Throw them in with veterans like Ben Zobrist and David Ross, and the Cubs rarely have an easy out in the lineup.

Unlike Cleveland, Chicago is not a city devoid of championships.

Michael Jordan’s Bulls and Jonathan Toew’s Blackhawks have brought the city immense happiness through multiple titles over the years.

But a win for the Cubs would bring the ultimate joy. It would finally break the curse that many have not lived long enough to see broken.

While I think both teams are equally deserving, having tremendous seasons with unparalleled talent, I think this one belongs to the Chicago Cubs.

67 seasons is a long time for the Indians, but a Cubs win would end the longest championship drought in North American sports.

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Cubs fans hope to see a championship in their lifetime

The Cubs have struggled a bit in the postseason, but just as Happy learned to putt, Chicago learned to hit again last night against the Dodgers. I think with their solid pitching staff and reestablished offense, the Cubs win the World Series 4-2. Series MVP: Anthony Rizzo.

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