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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:25:23 GMTRich Janor, known as The W Man, greeted Joe Wiegand dressed as President Theodore Roosevelt, who was in office when the Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. The duo was outside Wrigley Field before Game 3 of the World Series in Chicago.Wrigley Field hosts its first World Series game since 1945 as the Cubs and Indians play for a 2-1 series lead.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:59:03 GMTKyle Schwarber, shown hitting an R.B.I. single in Game 2, hasn’t missed a beat at the plate despite not playing for 200 days.Before Schwarber, no position player had ever gotten his first hit of a season in the World Series.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:09:36 GMTLee Elia confronted the umpire Terry Tata in 1982, his first season as the Cubs manager.Lee Elia, whose tantrum in 1983 went viral without social media, stands as a reminder that baseball on the North Side of Chicago was not always a love story.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:21:53 GMTThe Phillies’ Gary Matthews leaping in vain for the first of two home runs by the Orioles’ Eddie Murray in a decisive Game 5 victory in 1983.The Times’ Tyler Kepner attended his first World Series at age 8. On Sunday, he will see his 100th Series game in person.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:38:42 GMTGary Jones, right, the Cubs’ third-base coach, congratulating Willson Contreras in Game 6 of the N.L.C.S. Despite a lengthy résumé, Jones has not managed a major league team.Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks of pipelines and entry-level positions while seemingly qualified black and Latino candidates wait for a chance to fill a void.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:04:22 GMTThe Indians’ Trevor Bauer after walking Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo in the third inning.Trevor Bauer struggled on the mound after a long layoff, but Cleveland’s problems extended all over in its Game 2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:52:54 GMTThe Indians’ Roberto Perez (55) celebrating his first home run of Game 1 in front of Cubs catcher David Ross during the fourth inning.The Chicago Cubs have drawn the most viewers throughout the postseason, and that momentum carried into Tuesday’s series opener.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:32:08 GMTDespite command problems early, the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning Wednesday. He held the Indians to one run in five and two-thirds innings, throwing 98 pitches.Jake Arrieta guided the Cubs past the Cleveland Indians to tie the series at one game apiece before the predicted heavy rain arrived.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:12:19 GMTThe Indians’ Roberto Perez, right, in Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs.Lucroy vetoed a trade to Cleveland and ended up with the Texas Rangers, setting Perez up to start the World Series opener behind the plate.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:32:23 GMTMike Napoli, then a member of the Texas Rangers, hit a two-run double in the eighth inning during Game 5 of the 2011 World Series.Mike Napoli, a free-spirited, 35-year-old former catcher, has helped lead three different American League teams to the World Series in the past six years.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:28:33 GMTThe Cubs’ Jake Arrieta gave up just one hit against the Indians in Game 2.After two games, the Series heads to Wrigley Field. Here are the important story lines for the Cubs and Indians.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:03:28 GMTThe view from the Lake Shore Limited on the train route that once carried baseball players from New York to Cleveland and Chicago.Retracing part of the train route the Indians took in 1948 after winning their last World Series, on their way from Boston to meet the giddy denizens of Cleveland.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:49:52 GMTExpect to see more rain gear for Game 2 at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Wednesday.First pitch will come about 7:08 P.M. because of threatened rain in Cleveland.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:53:03 GMTIt was a bad night for the Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945.The last time the Cubs played a Series game, in 1945, they gave up five runs in the first inning. This year was a little better.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:22:07 GMTThe Indians’ Corey Kluber throwing a pitch against the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler in the first inning Tuesday night. Kluber, Cleveland’s ace, struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced.In Game 1 of a series between two perennial losers, Cleveland rode dominant pitching by its ace and its bullpen to an easy victory.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:33:22 GMTThe Indians’ Andrew Miller pitching against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.Miller had been virtually impeccable this postseason entering Game 1 of the World Series, but he required a season-high 46 pitches to complete two scoreless innings.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:43:18 GMTCrowds waiting to enter Progressive Field in Cleveland for the first World Series game there since 1997, when the Indians lost to the Florida Marlins in seven games.Joe Maddon likes to take chances: Schwarber, who hasn’t faced major league pitching since April, will bat fifth in Game One of the World Series.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:15:56 GMTFans cheered Manager Terry Francona, left, and General Manager Theo Epstein, center left, at a victory parade after the Red Sox won it all in 2004.The Cubs’ architect and the Indians’ manager have succeeded by building absolute trust with players conditioned to view authority figures with suspicion.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:52:37 GMTCubs catcher David Ross couldn’t watch as the Indians’ Roberto Perez celebrated at home after hitting a home run in the fourth inning.The Cubs need Jake Arrieta to pitch like it’s 2015, and the Indians can’t expect Roberto Perez to carry them on offense.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:21:21 GMTCan the team, and its fans, adjust to being winners?
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:31:31 GMTIn an effort to attract younger fans to Yankee Stadium, the Yankees are adding a play area for children and open-air patio bars. Annual attendance has dropped by more than 700,000 since 2010.A children’s play zone and new and expanded open-air patio bars were among the changes to Yankee Stadium announced by the team, which will remove nearly 2,100 seats.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:22:27 GMTKyle Schwarber, who smashed key home runs last October, watched his Cubs teammates on a tablet Saturday during an Arizona Fall League game.Schwarber, who tore a knee ligament in April, has had a faster-than-expected recovery, which could give Chicago a D.H. option in the World Series.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:08:11 GMTCleveland’s Progressive Field on Monday. “The baseball gods are really happy right now,” Mike Napoli said of the Series matchup.The Cubs have never played a World Series game on television, and the Indians are trying to extend Cleveland’s year of celebration.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:44:32 GMTJason Kipnis, the Indians’ second baseman, grew up in Illinois. His sister went to school with Steve Bartman, the fan who became notorious in 2003.Kipnis, the Cleveland Indians’ second baseman, has ivy in his blood: “I dreamed about, as a kid, playing in the World Series at Wrigley Field.”
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:30:48 GMTThe Indians’ Cody Allen pitching at home in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays. The Indians are seeking their first World Series title since 1948.A group of workers at an Ohio beverage warehouse are counting on Manager Terry Francona and players like Francisco Lindor and Andrew Miller to give them an overdue championship.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:50:08 GMTMaury Lerner batted .328 for the Boise Braves in 1957. Twenty years later, he was serving time at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Rhode Island.Baseball scouts used to scrutinize Maury Lerner’s every move. Then F.B.I. agents were the ones watching.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:40:47 GMTLarry Doby, left, with Satchel Paige, was the American League’s first black player.Larry Doby and Satchel Paige were the first black players to be part of a major league championship.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:40:24 GMTChicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, right, with fans at Wrigley Field on Saturday night after his team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, to advance to its first World Series since 1945.Chicago’s long-suffering faithful look toward the possible end of a 108-year drought with unbridled joy, and a twinge of wistfulness.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:58:01 GMTHillary Clinton in a Yankees hat at the White House in 1999 after they won the World Series, but in 1998, she was donning a Chicago Cubs hat.A photograph posted on Twitter on Saturday night showed Mrs. Clinton, mouth agape in astonishment, as she watched the Cubs clinch a World Series berth. Some, though, question her loyalty to the team.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:00:03 GMTSecond baseman Javier Baez, right, and pitcher Jon Lester shared the Most Valuable Player Award for the National League Championship Series.The Cubs will play in their first World Series in 71 years filled with confidence, a feeling not usually associated with the franchise.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:41:38 GMTManager Joe Maddon after the Cubs’ victory over the Dodgers broke a streak of 70 seasons without a pennant. Maddon’s jersey number? Seventy, of course.The Cubs had their chances over seven decades. Sometimes they came tantalizingly close, but they always managed to find a way to blow it. Not this time.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:22:45 GMTThe Cubs after defeating the Dodgers in Game 6 of the N.L. Championship Series. In the World Series, which starts Tuesday, they will face another team with a history of hard luck, the Indians.Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo hit home runs off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw to advance Chicago to the World Series, where the Cleveland Indians await.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:29:44 GMTTheo Epstein, ushered out of Boston in 2011, was hired as the Cubs’ president for baseball operations and started dealing.Trades have stocked Chicago’s roster, including half of its playoff pitching rotation, and even lesser names have helped sweeten package deals.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:42:38 GMTProtests of the Cleveland Indians name and logo are planned for the World Series.A Native American advocacy group is planning to protest against the Chief Wahoo logo and the team’s name at all the upcoming World Series games in Cleveland.