CLEVELAND -- The following is offered without undue hype or hyperbole. It is simply true. We are about to witness the most anticipated Game 7 in baseball history.This seemingly subjective idea is actually objectively accurate, because the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians came into this World Series with a combined championship drought -- an unthinkable 176 years -- that is the longest in the history of the Fall Classic. So now that we know for certain, in the wake of the Cubs' 9-3 victory in Game 6 on Tuesday, that in one game -- on one wild and wonderful Wednesday night at Progressive Field -- one of these teams is finally, mercifully going to be on top of the baseball world. The other club will see its misery extended, and it is impossible to find any parallel in the long history of this sport.
The last time each of these teams reached the World Series (1945 for the Cubs, '97 for the Indians), it went to a Game 7, so it's only fitting that this one has, too. The anticipation for this game on FOX is so strong that the game time has already been moved up eight minutes, from 8:08 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. on the nose."One thing's for certain," said Indians first baseman Mike Napoli. "There's going to be a champion tomorrow."Clevelanders, who haven't seen a Tribe team win it all since 1948, are holding out hope for their second major sports title in a bit more than four months, but their first clinch in town since the Browns' 1964 NFL championship.Out in Wrigleyville, they're praying to bury the billy goat and all the awful endings that have pervaded their 108-year wait.This Game 7 is accompanied by so much angst and anxiety that it's easy to get swept up in the overarching storylines and forget we've got two very good, very worthy ballclubs that have fashioned a fascinating Fall Classic that stands on its own terms, droughts notwithstanding."It's been a very well-contested Series," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Both sides have played really good baseball. [There's] been outstanding pitching. ... All of a sudden, our offense is having a resurgence, which we need. Of course we want to be the group that breaks the string, but it's just correct and apt that we'd go seven games."Now, whether this will be the best Game 7 in baseball history, well, one figures Corey Kluber and Kyle Hendricks will go a long way toward determining that. These are two 2016 Cy Young Award candidates trying to pitch their club to the Promised Land, adding to the immediate allure of a game that, inherently, is all about burying the past.
from http://www.trutv.com/shows/adam-ruins-everything/blog/adams-sources/adam-ruins-football.html"That means one hot streak can win you the whole championship! Since 1995, the team with the best regular season record has won the World Series just 16% of the time. The baseball playoffs don't reward skill -- it's f***ing luck."