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  • ‘Major League’ vs. ‘Rookie of the Year’: this year's Indians and Cubs pick sides

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    CLEVELAND — It’s been so long since either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians won the World Series that Hollywood stepped in long ago.

    In the 1993 film “Rookie of the Year,” the Cubs got their long-overdue World Series ring thanks in part to a 12-year-old kid named Henry Rowengartner who miraculously could throw 103 mph after breaking his arm.

    In 1989, Cleveland native and filmmaker David S. Ward created “Major League,” a movie that aimed to turn the loser Indians into unlikely champs. The fictional Indians didn’t win the World Series in “Major League” or its sequel, but they won their division in the first movie and the AL pennant in “Major League II.” At that point, the Indians hadn’t done either since 1954.

    So this real-life 2016 World Series has another bit of subtext beyond the Cubs, the Indians and their respective World Series droughts — it’s also the World Series of “Major League” vs. “Rookie of the Year.”

    Very diplomatic answer.

  • Report: Kyle Schwarber to join Cubs in time for World Series

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    For a team that’s supposed to be cursed, everything seems to be coming up in the Chicago Cubs’ favor right now. The Cubs will not only enter their first World Series in 71 years as the overwhelming favorite, but they’ll also do so with a player who was expected to miss the entire season.

    That’s right, it appears Kyle Schwarber is on his way to Cleveland to join the team. He’s expected to be placed on the World Series roster and serve as the club’s designated hitter in Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.

    Kyle Schwarber en route to Cleveland now on a private jet. He’s expected to DH for the #Cubs in Game 1. @MLB @MLBNetwork

    — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 24, 2016

    — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 22, 2016

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  • World Series preview: Cubs and Indians try to end lengthy droughts

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    The stage is set! It took 162 regular season games, and an intense postseason, but the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are going to meet in the World Series. No, that’s not a typo … it’s actually happening!

    With that said, you can’t really blame fans of those teams for staring at the above sentence in disbelief. Sure, the Indians and Cubs have proved themselves to be baseball’s best teams this season, but both franchises have a long history of losing.

    The Indians come into the matchup in the midst of a 68-year World Series drought. The franchise last hoisted the World Series trophy back in 1948. The Indians have appeared in the World Series three times since then. They were swept 4-0 by the New York Giants in 1954, and were defeated 4-2 by the Atlanta Braves in 1995. Cleveland also lost a heart-breaking seven-game series to the Florida Marlins in 1997. That level of ineptitude is so impressive that you have to laugh.

    Those games were all played well over a year ago, and things have changed for both teams. But they’ve both had ample time to scout each other this postseason, so they’re going in with their eyes open. (Liz Roscher)

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  • Dexter Fowler will have a special place in Cubs' World Series history

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    CLEVELAND — Tucked into all the history that comes with the Chicago Cubs making their first World Series appearance since 1945 is one amazing fact that Dexter Fowler learned about not long after spraying champagne all over the clubhouse.

    When he leads off Game 1 of the 2016 World Series, Fowler is going to be the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Ever.

    That seems like an oddity in 2016, since the days of Jackie Robinson and integration are long behind us. But it’s not an oddity when talking about the Cubs, whose historical postseason struggles are the main storyline of this year’s MLB postseason.

    Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, two years after the Cubs lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World Series.

    “That’s unbelievable,” Fowler said Monday at Progressive Field.

    “My parents weren’t even alive then,” Fowler says. “That’s a lifetime.”

  • Cubs overwhelming favorites to win World Series over Indians

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 16 hrs 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 17 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 18 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 20 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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