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  • Cubs overwhelming favorites to win World Series over Indians

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    For the past 108 years, the Chicago Cubs have played the underdog. In the next couple days, though, the “lovable loser” moniker might have to be retired for good. That’s because the Cubs are about to win the 2016 World Series!

    Well … at least … according to the oddsmakers.

    The Cubs come into the series as an overwhelming favorite to hoist the World Series trophy, according to Bovada.

    If you aren’t familiar with the figures above, allow us to explain. The Cubs come into the World Series valued at -190. That means you would have to wager $190 in order to win $100. The Cleveland Indians, on the other hand, are valued at +170. So, you can win $170 if you bet $100.

    Given the nature of the Indians’ run, playing the underdog suits the team perfectly. The Indians have been written off a number of times this October, only to completely dominate their opponents. Why should it be any different this time around?

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  • Cubs World Series tickets have reached Super Bowl levels

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 2 hrs ago

    How much would you pay for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? That’s what Chicago Cubs fans have to determine as their favorite team makes its first World Series appearance in 71 years. Given the historic nature of the event, prices are expected to be sky high.

    Well, those prices are in, and going to a World Series game in Chicago is pretty much on par with attending a recent Super Bowl. Here’s the average resale price for each World Series game, according to SeatGeek.

    Game 1: (In Cleveland): $1,156 Game 2: (In Cleveland): $1,122 Game 3: (In Chicago): $3,372 Game 4: (In Chicago): $4,018 Game 5: (In Chicago): $4,451 Game 6: (In Cleveland): $1,356 Game 7: (In Cleveland): $1,681

    If they hold, those figures would make this World Series the most expensive in recent memory.

    So, yeah, if you’re looking to attend one of the three games in Chicago, it’s going to cost you about as much as a recent Super Bowl ticket. The only event SeatGeek has seen with a higher average resale value was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

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  • Curt Schilling starts radio show to stop 'career criminal' Hillary Clinton

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    Since he was fired from ESPN six months ago for sharing an anti-transgender Facebook post, ex-Red Sox ace Curt Schilling has had a lot of free time. And he’s spent that free time loudly supporting republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling into radio shows to argue with people, and plotting his 2018 Massachusetts senatorial campaign. But soon Schilling won’t have as much free time to play with.

    The caller-intensive show will feature Schilling’s unfiltered and insightful commentary on a mix of topics ranging from politics and culture to current affairs and perhaps some sports.

    — Ted Cooper (@tedcooper) October 22, 2016

  • Jason Kipnis celebrated so hard he hurt himself

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 6 hrs ago

    All baseball injuries are unfortunate, but there’s one kind that is slightly more unfortunate than others: the celebration injury. Chris Coghlan tore his meniscus while delivering a shaving cream pie to Wes Helms in 2010. Kendrys Morales broke his leg while stepping on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam, also in 2010.

    There have been more over the years, and now in the 2016 playoffs we can add another to the list: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who sprained his ankle while celebrating the end of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series with Francisco Lindor.

    Got a little too close to @Lindor12BC during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!

    — Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) October 23, 2016

    Francona: Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain. Expected to be OK. Went through fielding drills today.

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  • Terry Francona and Tyronn Lue are typically awkward acquaintances

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Indians manager Terry Francona and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue are the leaders behind the sports renaissance in Cleveland. They’re also typically awkward acquaintances who this summer were on the opposite ends of a text message that left one feeling awkward and the other feeling empty, perhaps.

    According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the two men first met years ago in Boston when Francona was managing the Red Sox and Lue was an assistant coach for the Celtics. As a result, they’ve become supporters of one another with an occasional exchange of text messages. However, as Lue revealed on Friday, there was one pretty important text from Francona that he completely disregarded and had to explain when touching base after the Indians pennant-clinching win on Wednesday.

    We’ll also say this: It’s better to have disregarded Terry Francona if you’re Tyronn Lue instead of someone like, say, LeBron James. That one would be a little tougher to explain to the bosses, who some would argue is actually James.

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  • Ten moments that fueled the Cubs run to the World Series

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    Has it sunk in yet? For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series.

    Now all that stands between them and ending a 108-year championship drought is four wins against the Cleveland Indians.

    That will be easier said than done, of course. Then again, nothing seemed more improbable than the Cubs actually winning a pennant to begin with. They’ve cleared that hurdle with relative ease thanks to a 103-win regular season and four- and six-games victories in the NLDS and NLCS respectively. Now it’s theirs for the taking, but since the taking doesn’t begin until Tuesday in Cleveland, we might as well spend some time reflecting on the season it’s been so far.

    Here’s one word that comes to mind: Juggernaut.

    As a result of their talent and depth, the Cubs also produced a lot of great moments. Moments that propelled them to heights not experienced in generations. There were literally dozens, but we’ve narrowed it down to roughly 10 worth acknowledging.

    Do it for Dorothy!

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  • Check out Hillary Clinton's reaction to the Cubs making the World Series

    Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    It’s not everyday we experience a moment in sports that everyone celebrates or acknowledges as special. The Chicago Cubs clinching their first World Series berth since 1945 is one of those rare moments, and so far we’ve seen those reactions stream in from far and wide.

    Perhaps one of those coolest images we’ve seen though is from a Chicago native with a little Cubs fandom in her blood. She just happened to be campaigning for the office of the President of the United States on Saturday, but presidential nominee Hillary Clinton still found time to check out the Cubs clinching moment on her phone.

    Her reaction was priceless.

    That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW

    — Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 23, 2016

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  • Kyle Hendricks' masterful start sends Cubs to World Series

    Big League Stew 1 day ago

    CHICAGO — Rick Sutcliffe didn’t do it. Neither did Greg Maddux, Mark Prior or Kerry Wood.

    When it comes to pitchers who have won a NLCS game to send the Chicago Cubs to the World Series, the list consists of exactly one member: Kyle Hendricks.

    While many expected his counterpart Clayton Kershaw to turn in the night’s defining start, the 26-year-old righthander was brilliant instead. Hendricks threw 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball in the Cubs’ 5-0 win in Saturday’s Game 6, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking none.

    Contrast that to Kershaw’s night — five runs over five innings — and it’s not hard to see why the Cubs are advancing to face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series while the Dodgers are heading home.

    “That was the best pitching performance I’ve seen,” teammate Kris Bryant said after the game. “He pitched exactly the way he wanted. Keeping them off balance, soft contact. He’s certainly the unsung hero of this team.”

    Hendricks benefited from failing to fall behind in many counts. Also helping matters was the Cubs offense, which got to Kershaw early and often, scoring in four of the first five innings.

  • Did you cry when the Cubs won the pennant? You weren't alone

    Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew 1 day ago

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    CHICAGO — The thing that struck you were the tears.

    They started rolling as the ninth inning, the Fox cameras catching Cubs fans at Wrigley Field as decades of emotions welled in the corner of their eyes before bursting through. The moment many thought would never came claimed so many people. Not even Bill Murray was immune.

    After 71 years, the Chicago Cubs werefinally going to the World Series again.

    “This is as special as it gets in sports,” Anthony Rizzo said about 10 minutes after squeezing a double-play throw from Javier Baez to seal the 5-0 Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I know my parents are crying. I know my girlfriend is crying. Everyone’s crying.”

    About 20 minutes later, Jon Lester’s mother found him on the field. She was sobbing.

    “C’mon ma,” Lester said as he hugged her tight. “Stop.”

    She didn’t. She couldn’t.

    But for for the fans, the tears were also for so many other things.

    That night finally arrives on Friday for Game 3.

  • Cubs make sure Kyle Schwarber gets in on World Series celebration

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The celebration that erupted in the city after the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series appearance was just as epic as you might expect. It included crowded streets, celebrity sightings, a Speedo and plenty of Jägermeister to go around.

    Roughly 1,600 miles away, Kyle Schwarber was just finishing up his first game in the Arizona Fall League. Schwarber was expected to play a key role with the Cubs this season, but tore his ACL and LCL on April 7.

    We weren’t about to let Schwarber feel left out!

    — Spike ⚾️ (@SpikeLundberg) October 23, 2016

    After his first game back, Schwarber made it seem like he was ready to go.

    Schwarber says he has full confidence in his knee. If he were filling out Tuesday’s lineup, who would be DH? “No comment,” with a smile.

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