The Chicago Cubs were down two games to one against the Dodgers two weeks ago but came back to win three straight to make their first World Series since 1945. Tonight the North Siders got their second straight victory after trailing the Cleveland Indians three games to one and are a win away from their first Major League Baseball championship since the Roosevelt administration. The Teddy Roosevelt administration.
Bill Murray, Jeff Garlin and the rest of the long-suffering Cubs faithful — along with Fox TV executives — had lots to cheer about Tuesday night. Addison Russell’s grand slam, the first in the World Series since 2005 and only the 19th ever, gave Chicago a 7-0 lead after three innings, and the Cubbies cruised to a 9-3 win, forcing a deciding Game 7 for one of the most-watched Fall Classics in decades. Wednesday night’s Game 7 should be a ratings behemoth for Fox, especially with no NFL competition. That said, Game 5 of the World Series topped the Dallas Cowboys’ overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football two nights ago.
Burdened, if you believe, by the Curse of the Billy Goat, the Cubs last won the World Series in 1908.
Things are slightly less rosy on the southern shore of Lake Erie, as fans of the Tribe went from the euphoria of a potential clinching game after the team’s Game 4 win Saturday to the dread of a potential go-home game tomorrow night. But Cleveland remains on the brink of history as their club is a win away from its first MLB championship since 1948. This World Series comes five months after the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA crown since joining the league in 1970 — giving the once-“cursed” city its first major pro sports title since 1964.
The first pitch of Game 7 is set for 8:08 PM ET from Progressive Field in Cleveland. Joe Buck and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz will call the game on Fox. It will be the 38th Game 7 is World Series history.