Just like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays will meet up for a chance to earn a shot in the championship series.
It sure has been a weird year in Cleveland.
After decades of being seemingly cursed, the Cleveland Indians are seeking to become the city’s second champion in 2016 and end that painful, fourth-month long title drought.
Just like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Indians have a seven-game series against a Toronto team with a berth in the championship round on the line. And with the newfound optimism in Cleveland thanks to the Cavs’ championship, it almost seems like the script of a long-awaited movie.
The similarities end at that though, as the Indians will face a much tougher matchup in the Blue Jays than the Cavs did in the Raptors. The Indians also don’t have a LeBron James-like player on the team, although Andrew Miller is about as dominant as they come.
The Indians did go 4-3 against the Blue Jays this year, which is a good omen for the upcoming seven-game series, but this Blue Jays team just rolled through the Texas Rangers. The Indians made quick work of the Boston Red Sox, so this is sure to be a much more competitive series than what was seen in either ALDS.
But to the average Cleveland sports fan, this series is part of the destiny that has always been set for 2016. The Cavaliers were just the beginning, and the Indians are set to end a title drought lasting since 1948. Then there is the Browns. They don’t exactly fit into the 2016 plans.
The period of time right after a series win, just like the time right before the postseason, is always filled with optimism. And with a championship in Cleveland, the optimism has a base to stand upon this year.
While we continue to get excited for Friday’s ALCS opener, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Indians and the rest of the MLB in today’s edition of A.M. Wahoo’s.
Cleveland Indians News:
"Friday, October 14th, sometime a little after 8:00 p.m. in the Eastern time zone, a Cleveland Indians pitcher will wind and deliver to get the American League Championship Series underway."
"All is well as the Cleveland Indians are currently off until Friday after a sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS."
"The day was October 11, 1948. Harry Truman was running for reelection as President of the United States against some guy named Thomas Dewey (how’d that turn out?)."
"The Cleveland Indians swept the Red Sox, winning their first postseason series in nine years, and will take on the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League pennant, in a series that gets underway Friday night at Progressive Field."
"The Cleveland Indians return to the ALCS for the first time since 2007 to play the Toronto Blue Jays for the right to play in the World Series."
"One day after giving up four crucial runs in the top of the 9th, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen sought redemption and got a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts, preserving a 6-5 lead in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers."
"ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin reports that Noah Syndergaard will not need surgery this offseason to correct his bone spur issue."
"The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that Marco Estrada will get the start in game one of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night."