Fun Fact of the Day: The most expensive tickets bought for tonight's closing World Series game in Cleveland were $19,500 each for a pair of seats by the Cubs dugout. Hotels also benefited. A nearby Hampton Inn charged as much as $1,500 for a room, 10x the normal price.
MLB: THE WORLD SERIES
We have a Game 7! This is not a drill! Last night, the Chicago Cubs trounced the Cleveland Indians 9-3, forcing a Game 7 in this epic World Series between two longtime losers. Cubbie Addison Russell helped grow their big lead; he became the first shortstop and the first Cubs player to hit a grand slam in the World Series.
Another epic comeback in Cleveland? Just 3 days ago, the Cubs were down 3-1 in the series and looked like they were on the brink of elimination. Now, they need a 3rd straight win to take the World Series. If this sounds familiar, that’s because the Cleveland Cavaliers did the exact same thing in the NBA Finals earlier this year against the Golden State Warriors. That little bit of situational irony did not escape the Cubs’ twitter account.
Now, it all comes down to tonight’s Game 7!!!! The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks, who led MLB in ERA during the regular season and the Indians will be counting on ace Corey Kluber, who will be coming in on short rest but has been a pitching assassin during these playoffs. Play. Ball.
Seen and Heard
Pulling rank. The College Football Playoffs announced their first set of rankings yesterday. The top 4 ranked teams at the end of the season will compete in the playoffs to become the National Champs. As per usual, Alabama topped the list followed by #2 Clemson and #3 Michigan. But the big surprise was that they ranked 1-loss Texas A&M at #4, ahead of undefeated Washington. It looks like the CFP committee is really focusing on strength of schedule; Texas A&M has already played 4 ranked teams and only lost to Alabama, whereas Washington has only played 2 ranked teams.
Familia abuse. The New York Mets’ All-Star closer Jeurys Familia was arrested yesterday for an alleged domestic violence incident, after he starred in a MLB ad against domestic violence earlier this year. Under MLB’s new DV policy, he could be facing a lengthy suspension. So far, Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman, and Hector Olivera have already been suspended between 30-82 games for suspected DV incidents.
Tell me something, I don’t know. Yesterday, 18-year NBA veteran Ray Allen announced his retirement from basketball. He was one of the best shooters of all time, with 2,973 career 3-pointers, the most in NBA history. If you thought he already retired, you weren’t alone. Allen actually stopped playing basketball, after his 2013-14 season with the Miami Heat, but he never “officially” called it quits. This past season, he briefly toyed with the idea of joining the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers.
World Series Game 7: Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians. It all comes down to this! Tune in to see the exciting finale! 8pm ET on FOX