"I feel really strong right now", Salazar said prior to Sunday's session.
Most importantly for the Cubs, Schwarber said he felt fine. The Indians scored more runners from second base on a single than any team in baseball. It got so out of hand two Indians outfielders wound up pitching.
Cameron Popp of StubHub said a quarter of the tickets being sold on the site for Game 1 in Cleveland on Tuesday are being paid for with credit cards associated with Illinois ZIP codes. They're the team he learned to love, the one that taught him the game and the one that often broke his heart.
The Indians have gone through baseball's best lineup and arguably baseball's most intense home-field advantage.
"If they're Cubs fans, they'll boo as they should if you're a baseball fan", he said. "I said, 'I think so.' I haven't woken up yet and I don't want to wake up". Lester will face Indians ace Corey Kluber. But he had an encouraging checkup with Dr. Daniel Cooper last Monday in Dallas, clearing the way for the Cubs to take a closer look at the catcher/outfielder. Add in the possibility of Kyle Schwarber returning to an already loaded roster, and the Lovable Losers will fend off the feisty Tribe and win it in six.
Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo said the fans deserved to see this team make the World Series.
ESPN's oversight wasn't taken kindly by one player from that 2005 White Sox team, who sounded ready to take his World Series MVP trophy out of safe keeping and drive it over to show them. This season may finally be the one when years of frustration pay off. Which means if the Indians can finish the job, Cleveland will earn the title of "City of Champions".
Firrst pitch is at 8:08 p.m.at Progressive Field. "I was emotional. I was choked up, I was like, 'Oh, no what does this mean right now?' But it's nothing more than excitement for the games". No, I don't hate the Cubs.
"Obviously we know that it's something that's going to be talked about with the history of the organization", pitcher Jake Arrieta said.
As far as plain competition is concerned, the Indians' recent World Series history is not almost as tortured as the Cubs'.
Tingas says fans are shaking off superstition like the infamous billy goat curse. As ideal a story as it has been for the Cubs this season, the Indians will pose a much more hard challenge than they have faced all year. But as he puts it: "When we win the World Series we're going to have roasted goat, I'll tell you that".
The Indians have their own World Series drought to end when Game 1 begins Tuesday in Cleveland against the Cubs. It's OK, though, we're going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning, and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Indians have been very quietly dominant in the American League this season. The Cubs will win the 2016 World Series in five games.