By Ryan Touhey
It has been 176 years combined since the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series. In 2016, one of these teams will be named World Series champions, ending the drought for either the Indians or Cubs.
Generations of fans for both teams have come and gone throughout these heartbreaking seasons until this year. For the Indians, it’s been 68 years since their last championship in 1948, when they defeated the Boston Braves in six games to win their second title.
Since then, Cleveland has made nine more postseason appearances, including winning three pennants in 1954, 1995 and 1997. History has not been kind to the Indians during the rest of the drought, especially when their best place finish was third in their division from 1960-1993.
Most people can’t recall the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series. That’s because they haven’t won it since 1908, when they defeated the Detroit Tigers for the second year in a row. The Cubs returned to the series in 1945 again meeting the Tigers, but this time they weren’t so lucky and lost the series.
During Game 4 of the 1945 World Series at Wrigley Field with the Cubs up 2-1 in the series, Billy Goat Tavern owner, Billy Sinias, and his pet goat were kicked out of Wrigley Field, because of the goat’s unpleasant odor. As he was being ejected, Sinias apparently put the curse of the Billy goat, upon the Cubs and claimed that they would never win again. Subsequently, the Cubs lost for the rest of the twentieth century, and into the first decade of the new millennium, earning them the nickname, The Lovable Losers.
Expectations are high for both teams in the 2016 series. Sacred Heart Athletic Director and former Major League manager Bobby Valentine predicts that the Cubs will win the World Series in 2016.
“The Cubs are the more talented of the two teams, and they have more players on their team who feel they deserve to be where they are. I think they’ll win quickly. I don’t think they’ll have to go back to Cleveland,” said Valentine.
Sophomore Henry Indictor backs up Valentine’s thoughts with the prediction that the Cubs will win the World Series.
“Cubs in six. I think they got a deeper team and better pitching. But at the same time, the Indians are going to make it tough because they got a bunch of scrappy players, and a really good bullpen,” said Indictor.
Sophomore John Flanigan commented on the Indians’ superior pitching, who he feels their bullpen is the Indian’s key to victory.
“The Indian lineup is deep in pitching. If it comes down to a bullpen battle the Indians’ bullpen will out-pitch Chicago’s any day,” said Flanigan.
Regardless of who wins the 2016 World Series, a losing record will be put to rest as one curse ends, the other will be broken.