The Indians last won a World Series in 1948. In Cubs Time, that’s considered yesterday.
But in normal time, it’s eons ago, and if Indians fans can’t exactly share Cubs fans’ feelings of being left out in the cold, history has at least taught them the importance of dressing in layers.
Maybe this is the year something gives. The Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, are the still the favorites in Las Vegas to break through. They added muscle last week by acquiring closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.
Cleveland, which has the best record in the American League, on Sunday acquired Andrew Miller, one of the best relievers in the game, from the Yankees.
There are no givens in baseball because it’s too funky a sport. And we’d be crazy to suggest that two teams that haven’t won a World Series in a combined 174 years are on a collision course.
But if it happens that these two parched organizations meet in the World Series, can you imagine the end-of-world implications? Or does a tied Game 7 just keep going and going, like pi?
There are questions in life that are best left unanswered. Is Cubs-Indians one of them?