COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – This year’s Fall Classic will be an historic one no matter who wins.
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are two of the longest suffering sports franchises in America. It’s been more than 60 years since either team has taken home the World Series title.
So without a New York team in the running, who are New Yorkers rooting for? In Cooperstown, at the Baseball Hall of Fame, people said it’s a difficult choice.
But on Tuesday, two couples were in town on their honeymoons, and both are hoping for the best wedding present any baseball super fan could ask for: a World Series win.
“This would be, like, the perfect wedding gift,” Cleveland fan Kelly Williamson said.
“I think this is the year, pretty sure,” Cubs fan Beth Massey said.
Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson showed NEWS10 historic memorabilia from the Cubs and the Indians.
“It’s the story of two teams that have not had success at that level for a very long time,” he said.
Admission at the Hall of Fame is expected to experience an uptick. Many who could not get tickets to the Series come to Cooperstown instead.
“It allows them to get closer to the game in a place that represents all their favorite team’s history,” Idelson said. “And if it’s the Cubs and the Indians, where tickets are very, very scarce, you undoubtedly are seeing fans coming here as well because it’s their way of being close to the action.”
So whether you’re hoping to fly the “W,” or if you’re hoping to make “Believeland” a reality, you can’t deny the gravity of the 2016 Series.
“The Cubs have been waiting a little bit longer than the Cleveland fans, so I know they’re both in a drought, but let’s go Chicago,” Marshall Massey said.
“The Cavs did it earlier in the year; Browns probably not going to happen; but Indians are going to do it,” Michael Williamson said.
Game One is being played in Cleveland at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Fox23.