2016 World Series is Exactly What We Need

2016 World Series is Exactly What We Need

At a time in our nation where there is so much conflict and uncertainty, especially as the election draws closer, it is nice to know that Major League Baseball has a World Series on tap that literally has never been seen before.  This series isn’t just about the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, their fans and the sport of baseball; it’s about bringing people in this country together to share in this special moment as history unfolds right before our eyes. There are so many incredible things to think about when it comes to this series and the sports world couldn’t be more excited to see it all play out. It has been 68 years since the Cleveland Indians won a World Series. The Cubs have somehow come up short for the last 108 years, the longest championship drought in sports history. Wow. This combination will most definitely result in one of the two cities having some fun, and relief that they been waiting for since the days they started being fans.  

Since the last time the Cubs won we have seen two world wars, the invention of television, the creation of all other professional sports leagues and five states being added to the Union. The Indians have seen a man land on the moon, the creation of the Super Bowl and the birth of ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Nike, among others. It is truly flooring to sit back and think about how two of the most storied franchises in not just baseball history, but in sports history as a whole have gone so long without being crowned.
As if that weren’t enough of a reason to make this World Series as anticipated as it is, think about the legends on both sides that played their entire careers without ever seeing a championship come their way.  The Cubs saw legends like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins and Ron Santo come into and retire from the league without enjoying a championship. For the Indians, it was guys like Eddie Murray, Albert Bell, Omar Vizquel and Gaylord Perry that came up short.   This World Series has shattered numbers in both ticket sales and ticket pricing for Major League Baseball as the average standing room only ticket has shot above $3,000 per ticket. But, with all that being said, is it really shaping up to be a World Series that is worth watching and not just intriguing on paper? Well, for the sheer pageantry alone and with both teams surely pulling out all the stops when it comes to having legends of their team and their organizations on hand for each game, it would be worth tuning in. However, with the caliber of players on both teams and with the season-long favorite Chicago Cubs facing off against the scrappy and pesky Cleveland Indians, it could potentially be one of the best World Series matchups in quite some time. With the Cubs boasting a pitching staff with three potential aces in Jake Arrieta, John Lester and Kyle Hendricks, the hardest throwing pitcher in the game, Aroldis Chapman, adds to their incredibly young, superstar-laced lineup with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs have been the odds on favorite to win the World Series for most of the season. Add to that the fact that they won a league best 103 games this year, it has not been difficult to see that they are a force to be reckoned with. However, the Cleveland Indians are in no way a slouch of an opponent in this series. Having only lost one game through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Indians look to ride both the hot bats of Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana and  the arms of their starting rotation in Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer.  Throw into the mix the fact that Andrew Miller is having one of the most dominant playoffs out of the bullpen this league has ever seen, the Indians are right there with a chance to take glory back to Cleveland and give their city it’s second major sports championship this year after the Cavaliers won the NBA Finals last spring. Regardless of who wins the World Series in 2016 we are bound to be in for one heck of a ride to the final out.  With both teams playing for their cities, their fans, legends past and present of each club and themselves, it is sure to present some truly magical moments along the way. Although there will be some feeling of defeat at the end of this series for the losing team, both clubs can take comfort in the fact that this one series is not only helping the sport of baseball to regain some of its prominence in this country, but this World Series will also be helping the sports community as a whole. As both teams square off for their shot at history, the rest of the nation will be captured in the moments unfolding before their eyes, and for the first time in many people’s lives, we will finally see a new champion of the baseball world crowned.