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News Baseball: The most unlikely World Series ever?

  1. Oct 22, 2016 #1

    jtbell

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    The Chicago Cubs have just won the National League championship, and will play in the World Series for the first time since 1945. They last won the Series in 1908.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/22/us/chicago-cubs-world-series-bid/index.html

    Normally, I would be delighted to cheer them on, but their opponents will be my "hometown" team, the Cleveland Indians, who have not won the Series since 1948, although they have played in it (and lost) three times since then: 1954, 1995 and 1997.

    The Cubs and the Indians have the two longest World Series victory "droughts": 118 and 68 years respectively.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2016 #2

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    Cubs fan Loretta Dolan has been waiting a while for the Cubs to get to the World Series.

    http://abc7chicago.com/sports/102-year-old-cubs-fan-still-keeps-score-of-every-game/1542887/
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- http://abc7chicago.com/sports/102-year-old-cubs-fan-still-keeps-score-of-every-game/1542887/
    One of the Cubs' biggest fans - and one of their oldest - is Loretta Dolan. At 102 years old, her knowledge of the game is remarkable and her loyalty to the Cubs is unmatched.

    Last year (CBS, 2015) — When Loretta Dolan attended her first Cubs game at Wrigley Field, a trip on the bus from her home was 7 cents.
    Behind The Plate: 101-Year-Old Cubs Fan Hopes This Is ‘The Year’
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/10/19/behind-the-plate-101-year-old-fan-hopes-this-is-the-year/


    Another long time fan, Virginia Wood, who will celebrate hare 102nd birthday next month.
    http://www.npr.org/2016/10/21/49885...n-hopes-beloved-team-grants-her-birthday-wish
     
  4. Oct 22, 2016 #3

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  5. Oct 23, 2016 #4

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    Any team can have a bad century.
     
  6. Oct 23, 2016 #5

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    My dad's a 73 year old Cubs fan, so he's been waiting a while for this...
     
  7. Oct 24, 2016 #6

    Maylis

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    The outcome will be exciting no matter who wins. Good to see some other teams winning the series than have the same team dominate. I've seen enough giants victories for quite a while.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2016 #7
    I hope the cubs lose in the most heart breaking way. Sorry I'm a brewers fan :)
     
  9. Oct 24, 2016 #8

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    Don't worry. If they work really hard, next year they might finish above .500! At least they found a league that will keep them.
     
  10. Oct 24, 2016 #9

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    What about franchises that have never won? Don't they have an effective infinite drought?

    I'm rooting for the Cubs in this one, since Cleveland eliminated my beloved Jays. And Save Ferris! :wink:
     
  11. Oct 24, 2016 #10

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    I'd start the clock when they were founded. Hmmm, let's see...

    Seattle Mariners, 1977 (39 years)
    Washington Nationals (former Montreal Expos), 1969 (47 years)
     
  12. Oct 24, 2016 #11

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    Interestingly, the GM (Theo Epstein) and manager (Terry Francona) of the last team to end an infamous championship drought (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) are on opposite sides of this matchup; Epstein is President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs and Francona is manager for Cleveland.
     
  13. Oct 24, 2016 #12

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  14. Oct 24, 2016 #13

    jtbell

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    Ah, OK, I was looking at the teams that have never been in the Series at all.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2016 #14

    jtbell

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    Oh wow. Game 7. Indians score 3 runs in the 8th inning to tie it. No score in the 9th so we go to extra innings.

    But now it's raining so the game has been suspended before starting the 10th inning...
     
  16. Nov 2, 2016 #15

    jtbell

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    Well. That didn't last long. The Cubs are batting first in the 10th...
     
  17. Nov 2, 2016 #16

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    Augh! A single, an intentional walk, a single (scoring a run),another intentional walk (huh?),another single (scoring another run).

    Bases loaded, one out, Cubs ahead by two.

    Barring a miracle when the Indians come to bat, the game is effectively over.
     
  18. Nov 2, 2016 #17

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    Cleveland needs a miracle.
     
  19. Nov 2, 2016 #18

    Student100

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    Edit: Davis, well played clutch.
     
  20. Nov 2, 2016 #19

    jtbell

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    Two outs, a walk, a single (scoring a run)! Can they get one more run to keep it alive?
     
  21. Nov 2, 2016 #20

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    Nope. :(
     
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