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Two long-suffering franchises meet in a World Series for the ages

As Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs fans woke up this morning, it all became a realization. Their beloved teams are playing in the World Series. This will go down as the most historical Fall Classic in the history of the game. These two cities have been waiting, trying, hoping, and praying for the chance to win a title.

The Indians will host Game 1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948, but it has been 40 more years for the Chicago Cubs who have not won a title since 1908. Just to put it into context of how long it has been since the Cubs have a World Series; New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not states yet and the Model-T Ford had just been released for production in 1908.

The Cubs ended a 71-year Pennant drought just last week; they had not appeared in a World Series since 1945. Back then, African-Americans were not allowed to play the game of baseball which will make Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler the first black Cubs player to play in a World Series.

Cleveland fans and the city of Cleveland are no strangers to heartache. They waited 52 years for a sports title before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally won the NBA championship in 2016. The Indians are riding on the coattails of the Cavaliers and are aiming to give the city of Cleveland its second major sports title in 2016.

This matchup is one for the ages and is full of great storylines. We have the young, hot bats of the Cubs going against the shutdown bullpen of the Indians, two teams who both sport the letter “C” as their primary logo and the return of Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber tore his ACL on April 7th and has been out ever since. He will be batting 5th in the lineup and playing DH in Game 1. If successful, Schwarber could be the difference maker in this World Series.

The stage is set and two cities are ready to explode with enthusiasm. Taking the mound in Game 1 for the Cubs is Jon Lester while the Indians counter with ace Corey Kluber.

Even though the Cubs are favored by most, the Indians should not be counted out. Cleveland was supposed to get beat by Boston and their powerful offense in the ALDS. The Indians pushed through injuries to their pitching staff and now find themselves on the brink of a World Series title.

You do not want to miss this World Series if you are a fan of baseball. The city that is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will see Progressive Field do the rocking tonight.

Game 1 of the World Series will be Tuesday, October 25th. Coverage will begin at 8pm eastern on FOX.