Yesterday in Toronto the first piece to the 2016 World Series was set as the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays, 3-0, winning the series 4 games to 1.
It's the first A.L. flag for Cleveland since 1997.
The Indians are a terrific baseball team.
I know this because in 18 games played between the Tribe and my Detroit Tigers, the Tribe won 14 of 18 games played...
...the 19th was rained out the final week of the season.
14 out of 18...that's how the Indians won the A.L. Central Division, hammering the Tigers this year from the very start, going 10-0 vs Detroit until the Tigers finally won a game against their division rivals.
An interesting thing about the Indians pennant run...this is the 4th A.L. Central Division team to play in the World Series in the past 5 years...the Tigers in 2012, the Kansas City Royals in 2014 and 2015, and now Cleveland.
As a Tigers fan this fact is something that is both a good thing, and yet worrisome, at the same time.
The A.L. Central isn't that good at division...the Twins were horrible, the White Sox weren't good, and the defending champion Royals faltered in September.
Because it's not that good of a division, it gives me hope for 2017 that my Tigers can bounce back, compete...and win the division.
It's also a sign that any team...even the Twins, are capable of turning it around next year...anything can happen in baseball.
The Indians are looking to win the World Series for the first time since 1948, beating the then Boston Braves in 6 games.
68 years is long time...the City of Cleveland is trying to double up after the Cavaliers won the NBA Title this summer.
I can't, as a Tigers fan, root for that to happen...I didn't want the Royals to win the past two years, and Im not rooting for the Tribe this year either.
I'm hoping the Dodgers win in the National League, but a Cubs-Indians World Series would be fun to watch...68 years without a championship vs 108 years for the Cubs with out a title.
If it's the Cubs vs the Indians I'll give a prediction of the Tribe winning Game 7 at home.
Cubs fans...I'll want you to win...but the Tribe is too good at home.