108 Years Snapped... What's Next?
Yes, hell has frozen over. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908, ending a 108 year old curse. As they report to Arizona for the start of Spring Training, the Northsiders look ready to repeat. So this begs the question: is this the year baseball’s Lovable Losers become the Evil Empire?
A terrific trio of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks fronts the pitching rotation. The Cubbies have a young MVP in Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber is returning to full health. So the answer is yes, they are very well equipped to do so. But not if the rest of the Major League Baseball has anything to say about it.
Beginning with the team Chicago defeated in the NLCS last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only is Clayton Kershaw the best pitcher on planet Earth, LA has depth to their rotation, as well as one of the game’s top shortstops in Corey Seager. With baseball’s largest payroll, Los Doyers are looking like the National League’s top challenger to the Cubs.
“Cleveland blew a 3-1 lead!” The narrative for about two weeks (because Golden State will never live down their collapse) was the Indians blown lead in the World Series. This year, the Tribe will be looking to return to the Series and end their 68 year championship drought. And with the best shortstop in the game in Francisco Lindor, Cleveland could be celebrating their city’s second sports championship in two years.
Freshly cut grass, hotdogs, insane Mike Trout catches, and Bryce Harper’s magnificent mane. This is what we’ve been waiting for. America’s national pastime is back!
Kris Bryant (left) and Addison Russell hope to lift Chicago to yet another World Series Championship.
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