Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on breaking the 108 year curse. I am happy for them. If I could pick one team to beat me in heartbreaking fashion in the World Series, it would be those guys from the north side of Chitown. The Cubs are fun as hell to watch. Only haters can hate a team like this.
The Indians surprised the world and went on this run through the playoffs. After seizing control of the division on June 4th, they ran away with the crown and never looked back. Not a person thought they would end up in a position like this. I’ll have to fact-check this at a later date (I won’t), but the odds this team has overcame is unprecedented. MVP candidate Michael Brantley really didn’t factor much into the play on the field as he only played in 11 games but he helped guide some of the younger players which played a huge role in their success. Star pitchers Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco went down in September and the season felt over before it even began.
Moral of the story? The Indians shouldn’t even be in the place they are right now. Three of their top 5 players are out. Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer should be in the bullpen but are forced to start because there is no one else to pitch. While defying logic and silencing doubters, they fell just one game short of a World Series Championship. It sucks. It hurts. It will take a long time to get over. But Winter Meetings are right around the corner then pitchers and catchers report before you know it.
I have said this multiple times over the last few days, if any fan base deserves to lose a 3-1 series lead, it definitely is Cleveland. As many of you know, Cavalier fans spend the majority of 2016 making jokes about the Golden State Warriors blowing their 3-1 series lead as the Cavs won their first title in franchise history and the first in the city since 1964. The jokes play in that scenario because the Warriors were HEAVILY favored, coming off the most regular season wins in NBA history, and looking to repeat. The Indians have been favored in maybe two games all postseason. The Cubs won 103 games. The Cubs won the World Series before they even played game 1 of 162.
When a team that no one on the planet expected to even win the division let alone take a 3-1 lead in the World Series blows said lead, I think it’s fair to leave that fan base alone.
This is meant to be reactionary. Game analysis and more sadness set to come tomorrow. Stay tuned.