What’s the only thing more American than baseball and apple pie? A good underdog story, which is exactly what this year’s World Series is all about.
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs enter the series as the league’s perennial underdogs, with a long history of championship struggle behind them. While the city of Cleveland has enjoyed success with their Cavaliers of the NBA, they have been less lucky with the Indians. The team has not reached a World Series since 1997, and are 68 years removed from their last Championship win in 1945.The franchise has only made five appearances in the World Series prior to this year.
The Cubs have become the league’s most notorious underdog, with devoted fans’ faith never wavering as each spring they declare, “This will be the Cubs’ year.” While they have reached the World Series twice as often as their opponents, they have come up short each time. Chicago has not seen the Cubs take home a championship since 1908, six years before Wrigley Field was opened.
Bring these two down-on-their-luck teams together and there is a combined championship drought of 176 years, a fact that brings plenty of excitement to the match-up, which kicks off tomorrow night in Cleveland.
The Cubs have an overwhelming amount of people pulling for them to get the four game edge in the series, which could either help them along or bring on tremendous pressure. The Indians can enjoy having the experience of Manager Terry Francona on their side, who has faced a familiar underdog story. While manager of the Boston Red Sox, Francona led the team to their first World Series win in 86 years in a 2004 sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Three years later, Francona brought home another championship to Boston in yet another sweep, giving him a perfect record in World Series appearances.
No matter which outcome this World Series brings, it will surely satisfy sports fans everywhere because when it comes down to it, there is nothing better than a good underdog story. We have a feeling this one will be remembered for years to come.