Thanks to the changing narrative surrounding Cleveland sports, it is hard to be anything but confident about the Cleveland Indians’ chances of winning the World Series.
In the past, the inability to close out a series may scare Cleveland Indians fans. But this is 2016, so anything is possible.
The Cleveland Cavaliers gave the city a newfound sense of hope after coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Indians held a 3-1 lead of their own, but fans aren’t worrying about the Chicago Cubs winning three in a row. At least not yet.
The Cavaliers gave fans confidence that a title could indeed be won in Cleveland, and that curses are nothing more than fiction.
The Indians have already done the impossible by making it this far, so one more win seems like destiny at this point. And with Josh Tomlin taking the mound in Game 6 in front of the home crowd at Progressive Field, fans should be confident in the team’s ability to finish off the Cubs. They are called the lovable losers for a reason.
And if the team is unable to get it done tonight, Corey Kluber is set to start a potential Game 7. But hopefully it does not get to that point, although the national media sure wouldn’t mind based on the pro-Cubs coverage being put out in the past week.
But fans know it is Cleveland against the world, and unfortunately for Cubs fans, no one in Northeast Ohio cares much about a 108-year title drought.
The stress levels in both Cleveland and Chicago are sure to be high tonight as November baseball makes its return, although the weather in Cleveland is reminiscent of a nice September day. Maybe it’s a sign of great things to come.
While we wait for first pitch, 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:
"The Cleveland Indians failed to clinch their first World Series championship since 1948 on Sunday night in Chicago, falling 3-2 to the Cubs."
"To the casual outside observer, the Cleveland Indians are getting in the way of a Chicago Cubs World Series title."
"With no argument due from anyone, Corey Kluber had the best three innings ever pitched to start a World Series game when he struck out eight of the first nine hitters he faced in Game 1 against the Cubs the other night."
"Indians players were watching the broadcast of the Cavaliers’ championship parade, because they were trying to figure out how on earth they were going to get to Progressive Field."
"The Miami Marlins faded from playoff contention down the stretch this season, and with the untimely death of Jose Fernandez they are even more in the market for starting pitching this offseason."
"Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t changing his pitcher/catcher combination for Game 6 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night as rookie Willson Contreras will be behind the plate for Jake Arrieta, just as in Game 2."