Two World Series housing markets – one long-awaited trophy
Baseball fans in two Midwestern cities, Cleveland and Chicago, have been waiting many years to hoist a league championship pennant, let alone a World Series banner. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs have returned to the championship after 71 years, and the Cleveland Indians punched their first ticket since 1997.
Both of these teams have struggled with lore and curses. The Cleveland Indians underachieved for many years and were the punchline of the cult comedy Major League. Since their last pennant in 1945, the Cubs suffered the curse of a tavern owner forbidden to bring his pet goat into Wrigley Field and the indignity of a fan interfering with a foul ball during the 2003 National League Championship Series.