This is the way it was meant to be.
Cleveland supporters were in no mood to party at the end of an old fashioned thrashing at the hands of the Cubs on Tuesday. If the Cubs had somehow blown this lead - as improbable as that was - there wouldn't have been a Game 7. Shoot, the day of the parade I know myself and there were a lot of us, I went up to the upper deck just because I wanted to watch the parade. "I wouldn't even say the luckiest is going to win".
The game time temperature for Game 6 of the World Series was 74 degrees ... in Cleveland!
One more game. For everything. A day later, he looked at ease silencing the non-Cubs portion of Progressive Field. "Whether our offense struggles or not in a particular game, we know that at any point in time, a guy like Addie can hit a grand slam".
The Cubs, refusing to act like so many Cubs teams that have come before, jumped on the Indians in a 9-3, Game 6 victory Tuesday night, squeezing the World Series to the last drop.
Addison Russell hit a grand slam and drove in a record-tying six runs, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians 9-3 T and forcing the World Series to a deciding Game 7.
"(Wednesday) is a day that you kind of have to put it out on the table, " Russell said.
Before breaking through this season, it had been 71 years since the Cubs were in the World Series in 1945. The shortstop tied an all-time World Series record with six RBI in the game, all of them in the first three innings.
With another masterful pitching effort by game-two victor Jake Arrieta, who struck out nine while allowing only two runs on three hits, Chicago led comfortably from the start before a sellout crowd of 38,116.
There has been no such collapse this year, but there is still one major mountain they have not conquered so far this October.
However, he said he felt no ill effects, especially after being limited to just 4.2 innings last Friday in Game 3.
"Lonnie went hard after it, as he should, but it's Naquin's ball", Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
"I went to see Cleveland play when they came to Texas this year, and I told my wife Betty, "they have a good team but I never heard of anybody". Already in his young career, Russell has made two postseason appearances, started in an All-Star Game and won a Gold Glove.
Like I said before tonight's game, it's an honor to even be a part of it, and we're going to give it everything we have.
Kluber's short-rest Series double had not been accomplished since 1990. The Indians have been limited this postseason with only two healthy starting pitchers, Josh Tomlin and Kluber. Cleveland's Andrew Miller hasn't pitched since Saturday and closer Cody Allen has been rested since Sunday.
But let's not blow past Game 6 in the rush to get to Game 7.
Tomlin was bounced after giving up six runs on six hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings Tuesday night on short rest.
The Cubs will have Kyle Hendricks going in Game 7, which is certainly encouraging for the folks in ChiTown, and they could possibly turn to two other starters - Jon Lester and John Lackey - to bolster the bullpen.
"It's a kid's dream", Russell said. "You win, you're a hero". The lefty, who got the final eight outs in Game 4, will be on call for Game 7.
Tomlin appeared to get out of the jam when he induced Addison Russell to hit a pop up into center field. One was in the regular season, and two were in the American League Championship Series when he helped the Red Sox en route to a World Series title.
A franchise that has traditionally found ways to implode has now managed to remain alive and push the season to one final Game 7. He tied Albert Pujols, Hideki Matsui and Bobby Richardson for most RBIs in a Series game.
"We don't want to just get there", Bryant said of the World Series after the Cubs clinched the National League Championship Series. Fittingly, the Cubs and Indians have extended that wait as long as possible.
"He's a very strong young man, " Maddon said of the possibility of Chapman pitching in Game 7.