YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tonight will decide who the World Series champions are, the Cleveland Indians or the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs won two in a row to force a Game 7 – something only five teams have done previously. It’s come down to Game 7, winner-take-all, just 36 times in the World Series.
The Indians and Cubs have each been a part of a Game 7 in the past, but both lost. The Cubs fell to the Tigers in 1945 and the Indians lost to the Marlins in 1997.
Both teams are hungry for a victory. The Cubs haven’t won a championship since 1908 and the Indians are trying to stop a drought that dates to 1948.
LeBron James even tweeted a message of encouragement to Indians players:
Two greatest words in Sports “Game 7”. Good luck to the boys tonight! Live in the moment & The game will play itself out. #RallyTogether
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 2, 2016
Indians fans are gearing up for a big win and hoping they won’t have a repeat of Tuesday night.
“I had high expectations coming in. I thought they would do it tonight, but I still feel good about tomorrow,” said Gary Kohl of Austintown. “They have Kluber pitching, and I think they are going to do it, I really do.”
Thousands of fans flooded into Progressive Field for the big game. If they need some hope, they’ll be happy to know that the home team has won eight of the last nine times the World Series has reached a deciding game.
Kluber will take the mound at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland with a chance to become the first pitcher to win three World Series starts since Detroit’s Mickey Lolich in 1968. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs.
“I think, first and foremost, it’s been a blast. We’ve really enjoyed ourselves and I think we can take a lot from our approach, and not approaching it like every game is just another game and trying to go out and win that day,” Kluber said.
It’s sure to be a nail biter Game 7 as both teams seek to break a decades-old absence from a World Series win.
“I don’t even know what to think. You want the best to happen but I think with Kluber going tomorrow, I think we are going to be okay,” said Matt Mowery, of Salem. “There is a lot of momentum on the Cubs side right now, so they are going to have to pitch the best that they have done and go from there.”
The average price for a ticket Wednesday night was $2,700.