Yo vaguely recall there being a couple baseball fans out there?
Well the 2016 Fall Classic is upon us, starting to tomorrow night 1am BST and features the two longest '“dry spells” in professional baseball, the Cleveland Indians (just shy of 70 years of a last title) and the grandaddy of them all, the Chicago Cubs (108 years!), combining for 176 years of hurt, a new record.
So it’s a nice story for either team, however, I think most neutrals will be firmly behind the Cubs, not just because of the longer drought (caused by the curse of the billy goat) but also because they’re a nice club from a big city who made Bill Murray cry when they clinched their first World Series visit since the end of World War II. It also helps to have a non-racist name/logo (although admittedly it’s slightly less offensive than the Redskins) but also as the city of Cleveland finally broke its major sports professional era duck with a LeBron James-led NBA finals win earlier in the year.
As for the match-up, The Cubs will go in as favourites, dominating the National League with a fairly incredible 103-58 regular season record (0.64 win percentage!) and swept the Giants in the divisionals but struggled slightly against the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Indians, however, were a win shy of leading the AL, but have been highly efficient in the playoffs, losing only one game so far in a 4-1 winning series against the Blue Jays in the ALCS.
Indians do have a little bit more experience in this position as head coach Terry Francona as a perfect record in his two World Series wins with the Red Sox, sweeping the Cardinals (to end their ridiculously long drought) and Rockies respectively. Joe Maddon meanwhile has only visited the World Series once in a losing effort with the Tampa Bay Rays succumbing to the Phillies in 2008.
Whole thing will be on BT Sport live and re-capped in the morning so gonna try and catch as much as I can!