Cleveland Strikes first Blood

Kluber reigned supreme for six innings.

As Corey Kluber walked off Progressive Field to a standing ovation, chants of Corey filed the air.  You see, Kluber had just performed at an extremely and highly effective level and for six innings, he breezed through six innings he faced 22 batters, striking out nine to only four hits.  His coaches could not be prouder.

“There’s a fire though that burns in there that maybe people don’t see,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who is 9-0 world-series-game-1in the World Series. “I think he shows more of his personality in the clubhouse than maybe he ever will to the media, which is his choice. But his work ethic is probably second to none. I mean, his routines are impeccable during the year, and there’s a reason that he holds his stuff all year. Like his gas tank needle doesn’t start going down because he just gets after it every day.

“He’s kind of grown up into this pitcher right in front of us, and it’s been fun to watch.

“It’s almost like you have that extra level of intensity,” said Kluber, who became the first Series pitcher to strike out eight batters in the first three innings.

The Cubs, who broke into the playoffs for the first time since 1996, are more concerned with how the team responds after getting blanked in Game One.

“I have no concerns,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s the first game. I’m fine. We’re fine.”

Kluber believes this is the squad to take the Cubs out of the World Series Picture.

“I don’t know if it’s just the group of guys that we have that we’re able to handle adversity well,’’ Kluber said, “or over the last couple years realized that’s the kind of baseball we need to play to be successful. Everybody kind of realizes that we each have our own job.

“It’s not one superstar going out there and carrying the team.’’

Game two is tonight at 6:05.  Plenty of great seats and tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in The World Series!!

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Cleveland ready to answer history

Tribe last appeared in the 1997 Fall Classic.

Leading up to their last championship season in 1948, the Cleveland Indians played a instrumental role in racially progressing the league by then Manager Bill Veek signing Larry Dobe a player of of the Negro League’s Newark Eagles.  The following year, Veek would sign Satchel Paige at the age of 42, the oldest rookie to every play in the Majors.  Those and other moves set up their championship run in 1948, 28 years after indians-world-seriestheir first World Series Title.

Fast forward 48 years later and the 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians led by Manager Terry Francona are back in the World Series for the first time since the 1997 season when they fell to the Florida Marlin in the 11th inning of game seven.

“The baseball gods are really happy right now,” the Indians’ Mike Napoli said. “I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.”

“There’s a reason we’re here playing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “There’s a reason we’ve only lost one game this postseason. We’re playing pretty darn good baseball right now.

“We’re underdogs because we don’t match up in terms of numbers or stature or contracts. But when it comes to in between those white lines and playing the game of baseball, I like the way we match up with anybody.”

The wait is finally over.  Tickets for the entire series are still available so grab a friend and grab your tickets and get out and support your Cleveland Indians as they attempt to win the World Series!

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