YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Indians are one win away from clinching their first World Series title since 1948 — and the Valley is certainly embracing the excitement.
Here’s a few examples.
First, a group of teachers at Boardman Center Middle sported their Tribe gear Monday. They said they have to support their favorite team, especially with Game 6 of the World Series coming up on Tuesday in Cleveland at 8:08 p.m.
Some of the children were in hall sporting some Tribe pride, too.
With the recent success of Cleveland sports franchises, they said they’re proud to wear the Cleveland sports gear.
“It would be sweet to have two Cleveland teams win the World Series and the NBA Finals,” one student said.
“It helps us set goals to be better basketball players and better baseball players,” another student said.
“It’s outstanding,” said teacher Paula Ritter. “It’s been so long since we’ve had anything like this. And to have the Cavaliers as well as the Cleveland Indians do so well…if we could just get the Browns on board — I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon unfortunately.”
Ritter said every Halloween she dresses up as a Cleveland Indian. She’ll be rocking Tribe gear throughout the week.
Meanwhile, local restaurants have Indians fever as well.
Barry Dyngles in Austintown has a special Fall Classic menu, which is baseball-themed with items called the Bases Loaded Nachos and The Kluber Club.
It’s part of a new menu they’re trying out, as Barry Dyngles’ owner is a big Indians fan.
“Always baseball, basketball,” said Steven Bernard of Barry Dyngles. “It is Cleveland — it’s a big time for us — so we figured why not?”
The items will be there to stay after the World Series, but the names may not. Barry Dyngles is still deciding on the permanent names going forward.
Lastly, a psychologist in Columbiana weighed in on the Indians’ impact on northeast Ohio.
“I think its gives people in this part of the country where there’s is economic problems. …and where there is this miserable [presidential] election that we are going through right now — people are tired of that,” David Noll said. “People are looking for something to distract themselves.”
So, as the final games approach, the numbers lie in the favor of Cleveland, which holds a 3-2 series lead over the Cubs.
Since baseball established the 2-3-2 format for the World Series in 1925, 34 teams have jumped out to a 3-1 advantage like the Indians did this year. Of those 34 teams, 29 have won the title — including the last 10.