“No Guts No Glory”
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Even before Game 1, this year’s World Series was set to go down in history.
Those lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs, were back in the World Series for the first time in 71 years. Their foe? The Cleveland Indians, owners of the second longest ringless streak in Major League Baseball. A team that had reached the Fall Classic only twice in the last 60+ years, from a city that “won” its first championship in 52 years just four months prior.
It also pitted two former allies and fellow curse-breakers against each other. When the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino by going 8-0 in two separate World Series, they were built by GM Theo Epstein (who joined the Cubs as president of baseball operations after the 2011 season) and coached by manager Terry Francona (who joined the Indians after the 2012 season).
Basically, one of these teams would break their drought, and one of these champion leaders would take their first World Series loss.
However the final result made you feel, the second half of the series was undeniably thrilling.
The series looked as if Chicago’s season would once again end in disappointment. The Indians went up 3-1 after a dominant 7-2 victory. They would get at least two chances to close it out at home despite the Cubs managing to hang on and win Game 5. Sure, Chicago had made a couple of those games close, but nobody pulls off a comeback down 3-1.
Game 6 flipped the series on its head as the Chicago bats finally came alive. Indians starter Josh Tomlin was charged with 6 runs on only 2 1/3 innings pitched, and the offense couldn’t keep up against Jake Arrieta. In the process, Addison Russell hit the 19th grand slam in World Series history.
No big deal, right? Cleveland still had another shot to close it out.
Not so fast. Game 7 happened and will undoubtedly be consider one of the best games ever played, even if there hadn’t been epic championship droughts involved.
Dexter Fowler hit the first ever Game 7 leadoff homer in World Series history, and the Cubs were off to a 1-0 lead. This was quickly turned to a 1-1 tie, then 3-1 Cubs lead which ballooned to 5-1. It looked like they would finally win it, but the Indians weren’t rolling over yet. It became a 6-3 game going into the eighth.
The eighth was action packed. Brandon Guyer had an RBI double followed by a Rajai Davis homer to tie the game. The game had become an instant classic. Game 7 would go to extra innings for the fifth time in history. The rain delay right before extras just added to the anticipation and excitement.
The Cubs entered the 10th inning pumped up after a team meeting during the rain delay, and wasted no time scoring two runs. The Indians started to respond, pulling within 1 again, and had the winning run at the plate. Unfortunately they failed to extend the game any further.
Carl Edwards Jr.got his third career save, the closer (Chapman) got the win, and the Cubs completed the sixth ever comeback from a 3-1 World Series deficit.
So, to recap:
A battle between former curse-breaking allies against each other ended after the first ever Game 7 leadoff homer, a blown save that turned into a win, what might be the only Game 7 rain delay, the fifth ever extra innings Game 7, and a pitcher working on his third career save closing out the sixth ever 3-1 World Series comeback to end a 108 year championship drought. It doesn’t get any wilder than that.
“No Guts No Glory”
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