The Cubs' drought is by far the longest in baseball, but their World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians, are more than due for a title of their own. Asked how he got the tickets, he said "Just lucky", and chuckled. Normally a level-headed sort, he fell in love with the Cubs soon after moving to the city as an 18-year-old to attend the University of Chicago. "This guy did it, he put the team first, and to be at where we're at right now, to be a part with him and to be named that is very humbling for me, because I know where he was at, what he's been through, and the struggle he's gone through the last two years". The Cubs' path to the World Series was a little more hard; they needed four games to beat the Giants in the NLDS and the Dodgers took them to six games in the NLCS. We play as a team.
And that assuredness has only grown. Maybe it's tough in Cleveland, too, but the Indians were there in 1995 and 1997. They became known as the "Lovable Losers". Those are more things that fans like to talk about, as they should. We're going to be going against a good team, that's not a surprise. "He's had some trouble with his back and overcame it and came and helped us win the division and get past the NLDS".
During his time with the Cubs Maddon has stayed away from making a starter do that, and while he hasn't officially made the decision, it doesn't seem likely that he would start doing that now, especially with an opportunity to have Hendricks pitch in a home game at Wrigley Field in Game 3.
As it unfolded, Napoli found himself pulling for former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and the Cubs.
To make matters even scarier for Cleveland, the Cubs head into the World Series with white hot bats.
"I may make the "W" a tattoo", said chairman Tom Ricketts, who once lived across the street and met his wife in the bleachers.
"I think that's stuff for fans". The Cleveland Indians, which has the longest drought in the American League, last won the World Series title in 1948.
"To be honest, we only want to get one man", Russell said.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis hurt his left ankle following Game 5 in Toronto.
Forty-nine-year-old Brian Dusza, who was Wrigley for Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, never thought he'd see the team win the pennant. "He went over to embrace (shortstop) Frankie (Lindor) and he rolled his foot on Frankie's foot". He's going to be OK. Now that we've accomplished it, it's time to move on to bigger things. "He's not moving yet like he can, but I'm guessing with another 48 hours and 37,000 screaming fans, I bet he'll be OK". Behind him in the rotation are SP Josh Tomlin, who was 13-9 with a 4.40 ERA this season, and SP Trevor Bauer, who is confident he'll be able to pitch in the World Series despite a well-publicized finger laceration caused by a recent drone accident.
Two Midwestern cities separated by roughly 300 miles.
"The Cubs have a lot of history".