Monday, October 31, 2016

The Best Reason To Pull For Tito's Tribe In World Series

by Ernie Paicopolos, Editor-In-Chief

Clearly, Red Sox fans can rationalize rooting for either the Indians or the Cubbies in this World Series. Both teams are laden with former Boston player and management personnel. Terry Francona, Mike Napoli, and Andrew Miller can make the case for pulling for the Mistake By The Lakers. Theo Epstein, Jon Lester and David Ross could make you root for The Sons Of Steve Bartman. It's a win-win, right? Wrong. There is one compelling reason to tilt toward the Tribe: the Cubs and their fans just haven't suffered enough. Think about it. While Red Sox fans endured an 86-year World Series Championship drought, we were in four great Fall Classics after 1918—losing all four in excruciating Game Sevens. That's true suffering. Even the Indians have had crushing World Series losses since their last ring in 1948—falling in 1995 to the Braves (after beating the AL East Champion Red Sox—sound familiar?) and in 1997 in seven games to the Marlins. We're talking some serious angst here. And what about the adorable little Cubbies? They haven't even sniffed the World Series in 71 years—let alone lose it painfully. Since the end of World War II, there have been no gut-wrenching World Series losses—snatched from the jaws of victory. None. They need to experience more suffering in the Fall Classic to merit redemption. Go Tribe!