In a city where they used to count the years since a last title, now they are looking at the possibility of being home to half the major sports league crowns in the United States.
If you think about the people still around from the last time the Indians won a World Series (1948), all are probably long retired.
One fan remembers the time in 1920 the Indians won their first World Series title. OK, maybe she remembers her folks telling her about it; she was 4 when it happened.
Lola Miller still makes it out to the park once a year, and she’s 100.
The great-great-grandmother is a big fan of Indians first baseman Mike Napoli, a much-liked veteran in his first year with the team and the inspiration of the motto: “Party at Napoli’s.”
100-year-old Lola is hoping for a rally from her favorite team — she says Nap is her current favorite Tribe player! pic.twitter.com/DySp4g2zIP
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 15, 2016
No doubt she’ll be watching the game on TV like most of the 2 million people in the greater Cleveland area.
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And many of them will have a second set tuned to the Cavs home game against the New York Knicks.
Celebrities from Ohio are behind the baseball lads, too, as they open the World Series at home against the Chicago Cubs. Famous fans include LeBron James and “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey.
James and some of his Cavaliers teammates attended one of the Indians’ wins in the American League Championship Series, and the four-time MVP is excited about getting his NBA championship ring the same night the Indians begin their quest for rings of their own.
James said that Tuesday’s Cavaliers and Indians games are all that he’s thinking about.
“It’s a special day for our fans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to be able to live and enjoy for a day,” James said. “They get an opportunity to see us get our rings and the opportunity to see the Indians host Game 1 of the World Series. It’s a game that will go down in history. For anyone that lives here, they will never forget it. I’m happy to be a part of it. If our game gets done in time, I’ll watch the rest of it for sure.”
Some are calling it “Cleveland Christmas” and imagine how you’d feel if you were finally getting a present after years of being told, “Maybe next year.”