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This is Cleveland’s time: While We’re Waiting

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Happy Tuesday, WFNY!

What a day! First day of November, fall is in full swing but the weatherperson is saying mid 70s today in Cleveland before settling into the upper 60s for game time. It sure sounds like a perfect day for winning the World Series.

We know the stakes, we know the outlook. The Cleveland Indians have two games at home against the Chicago Cubs, the best team in baseball all year long. The Indians only have to win one of these games. Josh Tomlin gets first crack at it tonight, and if he can’t bring it home, it will fall back on Corey Kluber’s shoulders. The Cubs won three games in a row 41 times in the regular season (the Indians did it 34 times). The Indians lost three games in a row seven times in the regular season.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room without fear or paranoia. The Cubs can win this series. They are the better team, and they have Jake Arrieta going tonight and Kyle Hendricks going tomorrow. Arrieta was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA this season. Hendricks was even better going 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist’s bats are alive, Jason Heyward is starting to look alive, Kris Bryant snapped out of his funk a bit in Game 5 hitting his first HR of the World Series, and now the Cubs get Kyle Schwarber back in their lineup. I promise you the Cubs do not think they are out of this series. They feel pretty good about themselves and while they might acknowledge they’ve dug themselves into a hole with no more room for error, considering the circumstances, I’m guessing they feel pretty decent about where they are and what they have to do.

Here’s the thing, though. The Cubs might feel pretty good about their position in this series. But the Indians have to feel better about theirs. They are home for two games and only need to win one. There’s nothing to be afraid of. The Cubs are the team who is supposed to win. Remember, the Indians weren’t even supposed to win the ALDS, let alone make it to the World Series and have a 3-1 lead. Cleveland has nothing to lose here. The Cubs are the team with all the pressure. They have the 108 year World Series drought they are trying to erase, they have the weight of expectations as the best team in baseball, they are the media darlings that everyone can’t stop from drooling all over, and they have two incredible pitchers starting these last two games. Cleveland? They’re just a bunch of idiots who got lucky and won a couple games. This is still the Cubs’ series to lose.

Of course it would be disappointing if the Indians lost this series. Sure, it would be a cruel twist or karmic fate if Cleveland now blew a 3-1 series lead in the World Series. But don’t let the media drive the narrative if that happens. This would not be another chapter in the misery montage. This would still be a team to be so freaking proud of and to always remember fondly. Don’t let a potential unfavorable outcome ruin all the good feelings, fun, and joyous experience that this postseason run has give to us. If Cleveland loses? Oh well, it’s on to basketball season where we get to root for the reigning NBA Champions and enjoy their run at a repeat. Life is good for Cleveland sports fans. It’s never been better in my lifetime. So let’s just sit back and enjoy the rest of this series.

But I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about any of that. Had the Cavaliers not just won a title, I’m sure I’d be a nervous wreck today. Ok, fine, I’m still a nervous wreck, but the stakes would feel so much higher for me. I want this World Series title so freaking bad. And now that I know Cleveland teams actually CAN win a Championship, I’m not that worried about it. I think the Indians are going to win one of these next two games. Win tonight on the back of Andrew Miller and he gets the MVP. Win tomorrow thanks to Kluber and he gets the MVP. Either way, it’s fine with me. But I think the Indians are going to win this thing and I’m not particularly scared of this moment1.

Plus, beyond all the other, reasonable, logical reasons why I think the Indians are going to win this series, there’s also this:

That has held true for three games. Three times the Cleveland Cavaliers have played so far this season, all three on the same day as a World Series game, and all three times the Cavaliers have won and so have the Indians. So we need to root like crazy for the Cavaliers to win tonight against the Houston Rockets. A Cavs win and we can all get ready to celebrate. And if the Cavaliers lose? Well, then Tomlin and/or Kluber will just have to do it the hard way and lean on their talent rather than fate.

The Cavaliers play at 6:00 tonight, the Indians start at 8:08. What a beautiful day, what incredible weather, and what a time to be alive as a Cleveland sports fan! Enjoy yourselves out there tonight, Cleveland. And be safe! Go Cavs, and more importantly, GO TRIBE!

  1. Although, to be fair, if the Indians lose tonight you can ask me again tomorrow. I might be scared then. []

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  • Toddyus

    I’ve got a good feeling about this. There, now your negative vibes are neutralized…

  • NankirPhelge

    I woke up this morning to discover that the Series has gone from an incredible amount of fun to . . . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/80c2d3c189028c4f3226962a3b9b2f57c28ae8ce0f7c292a7f43812d72fa9099.png

  • jpftribe

    I am so fired up. I went from “I like our chances” to “we need to beat these guys into submission 15-0, in the first inning”.
    https://twitter.com/dsplacko/status/793265296756932608

  • NankirPhelge

    Winning the Series is going to be so great in itself. But one great byproduct is that we’ll get to stick it to “Cubs Nation” and 99% of the media who are actively rooting for Chicago and treating the Tribe like an afterthought — i.e., “the other team.”

  • Natedawg86

    Well, it was Halloween last night noob

  • NankirPhelge

    Besides, they got word that this mope was coming their way, so everybody hid.

  • Saggy

    I don’t want a Game 7 but nothing would help the Indians more than to win what could possibly be described as the most epic World Series of all time. Because that’s where this puppy is headed.

    I didn’t know if I’d ever see anything better than that Twins/Braves series in 1991, but if this one goes the distance there’s a good chance it goes down as a heavyweight in the annals of baseball history.

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  • Saggy

    Neither good not bad. Just, deep inside….I’ve got a feeling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g8LRtP_d78

  • Saggy

    FOX 32? Really – THIRTY TWO??? where on earth is Fox on channel 32?

    I love how Chicago thinks they’re so big time – they’re not – not with a channel 32. They’re bupkes.

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  • Hopwin

    I cannot brain today…. Cubs won 3 games in a row 41 times? Wouldn’t that be 123 wins? Indians 34 times would be 102 wins?

  • Natedawg86

    Why aren’t Clevelander’s in Downtown Cleveland on a Monday night (Halloween) drinking in the bars the day before the World Series game?!?!

  • Natedawg86

    3-0, 4-1, 4-2

    I predict a 5-3 game tonight with an insurance run back breaker in the bottom of the 8th

  • nj0

    Five game winning streak = three sets of three games in a row [(1,2,3)(2,3,4)(3,4,5)]

    At least that’s my guess. That means the Browns have lost three games in a row six times this year.

  • Hopwin

    Are you getting all factorial on me? I already said I cannot brain today.

    14 game win streak would be:
    [(1 2 3)(2 3 4)(3 4 5)(4 5 6)(5 6 7)(6 7 8)(7 8 9)(8 9 10)(9 10 11)(11 12 13)(12 13 14)] = 11 3 game winning streaks?

  • nj0

    Come on, old guy. Who’s out at 8:30? Happy hour crowd is already home on the couch. Late night folks aren’t going out until closer to 11.

  • mgbode

    I’d say we should just start drinking, but I tried and this is where I ended up

    https://media.giphy.com/media/G4hjKwagsqgyk/giphy.gif

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  • Saggy

    think about it…this World Series will be played on ESPN ad infinitum. Either the Cubs climax with a victory or they prolong the curse in the most Cleveland way possible: with a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat.

    The Indians winning will likely be a secondary story for eternity, but it’s possible they can win their share of history by making a 7th Game stamp of approval. I’d settle for Game 6, by the way. These players are already immortal — they just don’t know it yet.

    On another note – not sure how many of you live out of town, but i am in NYC. People have been noticing my Indians hat and they come up to me all the time to tell me, “I didn’t really know much about the Tribe this year but damn you guys are fun to watch. I’m rooting for you.”

  • Natedawg86

    Since I can’t brain either, Tribe has won 3 games in a row (exactly 3) 4 times. 15-11 on Tuesdays (10-4 at home on Tuesdays). Tomlin 2-0 on Tuesdays with a 3.06 era in 5 starts this season.

  • Natedawg86

    I am in Maryland and a lot of people say go cubs to me, and my reply is “Go home”. I have had a lot of people say they are rooting for the Indians as well too.

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  • Natedawg86

    This one is more pleasant on the eyes… AND very pertinent for tonight
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

  • Saggy

    Andrew: I feel that if the Indians win tonight, Lindor will be MVP. If they win tomorrow, it will be Kluber.

    That’s my opinion.

  • Saggy

    Um, you just, uh, what? Beatles. Black Eyed Peas. I have no words for this transgression. Repent, sinner.

  • RGB

    My brother is going to the Cavs game tonight and staying for the broadcast at The Q.
    He says he’ll be sending pics. Hopefully they will be happy pics.
    He is way more positive than me…

  • Natedawg86

    I didn’t say the song or band was better. I simply said the video is more fun to watch and the lyrics are more geared towards tonight.

  • Playing with house money at this point, boys and girls. Weren’t even supposed to be here with half a rotation. The Cubs are a great team, and if they come back to win it all, I won’t be surprised. But regardless of the outcome, this still happened.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/xT8qBd0tFdFV7l0gr6/giphy.gif

    Go Tribe. Go Cavs. Go Cleveland.

  • Here in the Tampa Bay area there is HUGE love for the Cubbies. My go-to morning news program literally did not mention the World Series until the Cubs won Game 2, and since has been framing the whole thing as the Cubs “struggling” and “battling back”. Maybe a second title in a year would earn us some respect. Maybe.

  • Your guess is correct.

  • jpftribe

    Well, it wasn’t actually the Beatles…….

  • If they win tonight, I think it depends on the manner in which they win. If Miller goes 2+ innings, I think he would get it unless Lindor goes off. But if Lindor has a monster game, I could see him getting it as well.

    If the Indians win in 7, Kluber is a no-brainer.

  • Amen!

  • jpftribe

    Hop, they are gonna win. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the RGB head explosion show.

  • Hopwin

    Not Robebo?

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  • Only in my heart.

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  • RGB

    So, who has the live chicken?

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  • mgbode

    Even the Christian music station I listen to in Austin Texas is mentioning the World Series as “the Cubs this” and “the Cubs that” — not sure they even realize there is another team involved.

  • Saggy

    Are you taking the Billy Preston excuse?

  • JM85

    Cleveland teams have done well in Game 7 this year.

  • mgbode

    Game 6 too

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