Mid-February was a long time ago. So was1908 and 1948.
Tonight they decide it all in game 7-of the World Series.
What a grind for the Cubs, with all that expectation, that started near HoHo Kam Park in Scottsdale, when spring training opened.
The Cubs blew apart the National League race early, and pretty much went wire to wire in winning the pennant.
No one was predicting any of this when the Indians opened camp at Goodyear, Arizona. They were just hoping to catch the defending World Series champs, Kansas City, or hold off the big money-big bat Detroit Tigers. The Tribe got the lead in the division in mid summer, and held off the challengers.
So tonight, two very different teams face each other. The Cubs have slugged their way back into the series with all those bats. From Kris Bryant to Anthony Rizzo, from Addison Russell to Javy Baez, and bunch of guys in between, a different hero has surfaced each night.
Ditto for the pitching, though Aroldis Chapman does make that bullpen more electric.
For Cleveland, there seemed to be lightning in a bottle some of these nights. The short rallies, the extensive use of bullpen by committee. They got back into series, they won series, but now they’ve let this series get away.
And tonight’s pitching matchup will be a dandy. Corey Kluber, pitching on short rest for the third start in a row, will need to have short innings, and stress free frames to slow down the bats. Kyle Hendrick, the ERA kingpin is so very crafty, he could silence the bats again.
And of course, the two guys in the dugout, know how to pull the strings, hit the right buttons, and move people around. This will be some chess game between Joe Maddon and Terry Francona..
The Cubs have not done it since 1908. The Indians since 1948. This wraps up what has been a spectacular post season iun baseball.
Drama, theatrics, lots of tension. What else could you want? Right.
A 7th and deciding game tonite, and you are going to get it in the World Series