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Pulling for the Cle big time. We lived in Cleveland for about 5-6 years when I was growing up and have so many fond memories of going to Indians games. Was at the first game ever at Jacobs Field and the Series in '97 when Jose Mesa blew it. A ton of others too. 

Go Tribe. What a great year for Cleveland sports and for a city that's really needed a year like this. 

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SRO tix for game 1 are going for over 700. If the Cubs can pull this off have to figure Wrigley tix will start at a stack minimum.

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15 hours ago, deckerfan said:

!!!!!

WS ticket prices in KC last year were crazy too.

They were at least lower than Mets tickets. Day of Game 1 in KC you could find seats for $2-300, Mets tickets not so much. Worth noting that the resale prices drop less than 24 hours out, so media tends to hype up biased prices with this, but it's certainly worth noting when that's the starting bid for standing room.

It will be interesting to see if that's the case with Cubs tickets, I'm not so sure they will drop that much in price for a number of reasons. Northsiders are more affluent, particularly Gold Coast residents who are Cubs die hards, and the more wealthier suburbs tend to veer towards the Cubs (i.e. Naperville). Me thinks you'll have a lot of transplants flying in for the series as well. I am not so sure that with all that competition there will be a heavy fluctuation in ticket prices, and you better believe that if they have the opportunity to clinch at home those tickets will be starting closer to $1,500.

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Indians are having Kenny Loften and Baerga throwing out the first pitches for games 1 and 2. That is pretty awesome.

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2 hours ago, Lith said:

Over $1,700 for SRO in Wrigley on Friday night.  Starting at about $2,500 if you want to put your butt in a seat.  I thought I was nuts for spending $1,000 to go to Citi Field last year, but these prices are insane.  A Cub fan is better off driving (or even flying) to Cleveland and paying less than half the Wrigely prices.

Worst part is with those you have to get to the ballpark super early to even nab a halfway decent spot that you can watch the game from. Reality is that for most of those people you're paying to just be in the ballpark and watch on TVs at that point. You might as well just save a grand and spring for a rooftop, even though the sight lines at most of those have been completely ruined.

I personally think they have been overloading Wrigley the past few years with the SRO stuff, getting to a bathroom is a nightmare at a packed game and I don't even want to know the disaster that would ensure if there was a fire. It's not built to hold that amount of people.

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28 minutes ago, Lith said:

Big win for the Tribe, they needed game 1 with Kluber going, but I still like the position the Cubs are in.  Pitching matchups favor the Cubs in Games 2 & 3.  Arrieta v Bauer tonight and Hendricks v Tomlin in Game 3.  With the number of pitches Miller threw last night, not sure how effective he would be if they need him tonight.  If the Indians can pull this one out tonight, then the pressure will really be on the Cubs as they head back to Wrigley.  If the Cubs win, they go home in pretty good shape.

I would be very careful in predicting pitching matchups in the traditional sense when it comes to Francona. Who knows what that guy is gonna do. At this point he could open the first four innings with Shaw and Allen and I don't think anyone would be shocked. And don't forget that BP has five complete games under its belt the past two months, including a postseason game after that guy's hand exploded.

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58 minutes ago, chirorob said:

Those 2 allowed me to dominate fantasy baseball in the early 90s.

Ah yes. Fantasy sports in the 90s. For those of us who had the joy of calculating fantasy scores by hand, and not being able to do so until the box scores were printed the next day.

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It actually all worked out with home field advantage for the Cubs this series. They get Schwarber at DH for an extra game and tonight's game would have 100% been rained out/long delayed had it been in Chicago.

Wouldn't be surprised if there's a rain-out for one at the Chicago home stand. Weather has been turning to something awful lately, and the wind has been picking up big time.

In other words: Winter is coming.

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57 minutes ago, Lith said:

Supposed to be 60s / 70s here in Chicago this weekend and dry.  Sunday night likely to be cold, but nothing like what it was at Citi Field in October last year.  Weather should not be much of a factor.

If there's one thing that is predictable in the fall in this town, it's the weather.

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On 10/26/2016 at 10:16 PM, RutgersJetFan said:

It actually all worked out with home field advantage for the Cubs this series. They get Schwarber at DH for an extra game and tonight's game would have 100% been rained out/long delayed had it been in Chicago.

Wouldn't be surprised if there's a rain-out for one at the Chicago home stand. Weather has been turning to something awful lately, and the wind has been picking up big time.

In other words: Winter is coming.

Samsonite! I was way off!

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Ballsy move by Francona pulling that guy to go to your bullpen. Gotta stick with what got you to this point I guess. 

2 more. Go Tribe! 

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20 hours ago, deckerfan said:

Great game, surprised that Bauer is going on short rest G5

I'm not surprised by anything that Francona does anymore. The man could have Dennis Martinez come back to pitch a game and I'd be like "CLASSIC Francona."

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1 hour ago, dbatesman said:

Some blogger said it best: the Indians had one and only one path to winning a title, and they executed it perfectly.

They've played the matchups perfectly. Santana over Napoli last night, pulling that guy early on Friday...etc. Bryant not showing up has been the biggest killer for the Cubs, IMO, even more than the oversized testicles of the Indians' pitchers. 

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6 minutes ago, SMC said:

First, don't forget that Tribe lost 2 of their top 4 starters.  Francona has managed this pitching staff brilliantly.  He's a HOF manager, which is nuts because he was considered a dumbass before he went to Boston.  He's done a fantastic job.

Second, Cleveland hasn't won a title in any sport in 54 yrs and they're going to win 2 in a couple of months of each other.  Incredible

HoF manager is an understatement. Here are the coaches that have won titles with different clubs in the three major sports:

Phil Jackson

Tony LaRussa 

Sparky Anderson

Pat Riley

Alex Hannum

That's it. That's the list.

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