This is turning out to be a banner year for Cleveland sports fans, so long as you don’t care about football. First, the Cavaliers win the NBA Championship and now the Indians are in the World Series. The team hasn’t won a World Series since 1948, a drought only surpassed by that of their opponents, the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won one since 1908. To say that this championship series is historic is putting it mildly.
But where can a Tribe fan watch the game where he’s not surrounded by bitter Yankees and Mets fans? We have some answers.
For Brooklyn-based Indians supporters, the place to be is the Park Slope Ale House, where the Brooklyn Browns Backers will hopefully find something to cheer about for once. The pub will be offering $1 off all beers on its excellent draught list as well as 75¢ wings for those watching the game in the back room.
Similarly, in Manhattan, the Union Square Browns Backers will be hosting watching parties at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, with drink and food specials and the club’s notorious shot penguin making the rounds. Further uptown, At the Wallace will be serving authentic Polish boys and a number of other items on its Tribe-inspired menu.
All games start at 8pm. Here’s the full schedule:
Game 1: Tuesday, October 25
Game 2: Wednesday, October 26
Game 3: Friday, October 28
Game 4: Saturday, October 29
Game 5 (if needed): Sunday, October 30
Game 6 (if needed): Tuesday, November 1
Game 7 (if needed): Wednesday, November 2
Tonight, the Cleveland Indians will begin a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Heading into the series, the teams are very evenly matched: both teams have won only three of their last ten games, and their records are nearly identical, with the Tribe at 30-26 and the Bronx Bombers at 31-25. The Indians are only half a game out of first in the AL Central Division, while the Yanks are tied for third in the AL East, but only three games back. Though the Yankees have bested the Indians three of the the four times they’ve already met this season, the match-up looks to be close and exciting.
Starting tonight for the Indians will be Justin Masterson, who was on the mound for the Indians’ one victory over the Yankees this year. He will face Yankee veteran Andy Pettitte, who is pitching for the first time since May 16 after he went on the disabled list with an injured left trapezius muscle. Tuesday night lefthanded fireballer Scott Kazmir will represent the Tribe against the Yankees’ David Phelps, and Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber will face former Indian CC Sabathia.
Tickets are still available via the Yankees website and other means. If you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium, each game can be watched on the Yes Network and heard on WCBS 880 or WADO 1280, while tonight’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN.
Growing up watching baseball in Cleveland, you are taught to hate the New York Yankees, which seems apropos given that the expensive, World Series–winning team has always been the antithesis to the scrappy Cleveland Indians. Nonetheless, needing a team to root for in the post-season, I had a hard time resisting the charisma of players like Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and Bucky Dent.
Anyway, things haven’t changed much since my family moved from Cleveland in 1984. The Indians still haven’t won a World Series, while the Yankees have won another five championships. The Yanks are currently in first place in the AL East, but the Indians aren’t doing too shabby, just half a game behind the White Sox in the AL Central Division. Tonight, the two teams meet for the first time this season, playing the first of three games at Yankee Stadium. Pitching for the Tribe will be Josh Tomlin, who is 3-4 with an ERA of 5.12 this season. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda, who is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.57. The Yankees are coming off winning two of three games in their subway series against the Mets, while the Indians lost their last two games against the Astros. The game begins at 7:05pm. As of press time, there were plenty of cheap seats available on Stubhub, with bleacher tickets at around $10. If you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium, the game can be watched on ESPN2 and heard on WCBS 880 AM radio.