The Yankees and Dodgers are each one win away from the World Series. How’d they put themselves in that position? Find out in my latest for CBS Local.
Two long-suffering fanbases square off in the World Series, which starts tomorrow night in Cleveland. The Indians have not won it all since 1948, but that’s relatively recent compared to the Cubs, who hadn’t even made it this far since 1945 and haven’t hoisted the trophy since 1908.
How’d these teams get here? What will it take to win? I explore those questions, as well as the ticket prices and weather forecasts, in my MLB column for CBS Local.
No matter who gets to the World Series this year, a long drought will come to an end. The Dodgers last made it to the World Series in 1988; the Cubs haven’t been there since 1945. In the American League, the Indians have been since ’97 and the Jays since ’93. Has there ever been an LCS field with a longer combined pennant drought? The Jays and Dodgers won it all the last time they made it, but the Indians and Cubs have the longest title droughts in their leagues, dating back to 1948 and 1908, respectively.
The word “nervous” has appeared in texts and emails I’ve received from five different people already today. This is, of course, because the Mets are playing a series-deciding game against the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. The anxious anticipation we Mets fans feel will only build until 8:07 p.m. ET, at which point we will scream at our televisions if Granderson gets on base and hold our collective breath when deGrom releases a pitch. We believe we are going to win—ya gotta—but admit it’s a coin-flip game. We try not to think about Mets-Cubs or how the regular season was so rewarding. None of that matters tonight. It’s a winner-take-all Game 5.
Steve and I discuss the atmosphere at Citi Field this week and the emotions of watching high-stakes baseball. Plus, what to make of all these strikeouts? Listen before tonight’s deciding Game 5 between the Mets and Dodgers. #rallychickenleg
This past weekend, before Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada’s leg, my mom asked me a question: “Why would you intentionally hit someone with a pitch?” She had watched the Pirates-Cubs wild card game, in which a Pirates reliever plunked a Cubs batter, almost certainly on purpose. My mom is a sports fan, so her question was not exactly like that annoying kid who asks his father about investing, but the point is the same: It can help to get a fresh perspective. In trying to give an explanation—the Cubs pitcher had hit two batters earlier in the game, probably by accident, and the opposing pitcher is just expected to, I don’t know, retaliate—I considered, for the first time, that maybe the practice was unnecessary. Do Matt Harvey and the Mets feel the same way? We’ll find out tonight.
The Mets and Dodgers start their NLDS battle Friday night. Does LA’s lineup put fear in the hearts of men? Is watching playoff baseball a slow grind of misery? We ask those questions and predict the series. Subscribe and rate on iTunes!