The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs are both looking to end historically long title droughts in this year’s World Series.
In the midst of all the craziness going on in the country in 2016, Major League Baseball has done its best to add to the drama. The Cleveland Indians finally know their World Series opponent, as the Chicago Cubs will head to Cleveland on Tuesday to play in the franchise’s first World Series since 1945.
The Indians are making their first appearance since 1997, but just making it to the World Series is not enough for either time, as both franchises are looking to end insanely long title droughts.
The two teams own the longest title droughts in all of baseball, as the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, while the Indians haven’t won since 1948. The next longest drought is held by the Texas Rangers, who have never won a World Series title since entering the league as the Washington Senators in 1961.
Much of the national focus is on the Cubs, who are looking to end a curse involving a goat. You may have heard about it a few times over the past 70 years.
There isn’t much of a curse for the Indians, except for being from Cleveland. The only saving grace for the lack of championships was the fact the Cubs have gone much longer without one, but the Indians will take that unwanted crown with a loss in the World Series.
It is a matchup that few thought would ever happen, but it will be sure to draw attention from casual baseball fans all around the country. The only problem is that the Indians will not be the lovable favorite, but that has not seemed to be a problem for them in this postseason.
The Indians don’t seem to receive the same amount of coverage for their title drought because of the success seen in the 1990s, but a win would help end decades of frustration and supposed curses for generations of Indians fans.
In any other year, Cleveland fans may be pulling for the Cubs to win the World Series and end the most talked about title drought in sports, but not this year. The Cavaliers have already won a championship, and it is now the Indians’ turn to join the party. One more year of losing won’t make too much difference for the Cubs.