Cleveland goes from Loserville to City of Champions

Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:22pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - Cleveland has undergone an extraordinary urban renewal-like transformation from Loserville to the City of Champions this year, shedding a down-and-out image for a winning one.

Even among historic losers, Cleveland over the decades has comes up second best.

Compared to the Chicago Cubs, the so-called Loveable Losers they will meet in the best-of-seven Fall Classic beginning on Tuesday, the Indians are clear runners-up.

It has been 68 years since the Indians last won a World Series but that seems almost like yesterday compared to the 108-year title drought endured by the Cubbies and their supporters.

When the Cubs last won World Series in 1908 man had just discovered flight, the Wright brothers taking off from Kitty Hawk in North Carolina in 1903.

"I can't wait to see what it's like in Cleveland, honestly," said Indians ace reliever Andrew Miller. "The crowds for the playoff games at home have been special, as you would expect them to be.

"It's going to be a lot of fun."

Fun and sports are two words that have rarely appeared in the same sentence in Cleveland.   Continued...

Oct 24, 2016; Cleveland , OH, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks to the media during work out day prior to the start of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports