Cubs can learn a lesson from the 2004 Red Sox and their dreamer of a boss

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Of course, this had to go seven.

We've spent the last week marveling at this intriguing matchup of popular franchises desperate to end decades-long misery and, here they are, unable to get out of each other's way. Back and forth, wonderfully tangled, and the only way to settle this score is a date on Wednesday night.

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Game. Seven. The two best words in the English language – especially when something ultra-special can happen. We're looking at you, Cubbies, you Lovable Losers, who can shed that bizarre moniker and become one of the few baseball teams to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. Dig deeper, though, and you'll see they could actually learn a valuable lesson from the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who just so happened to have the same dreamer of a boss.

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Those Sox, who are the only team in baseball history to hurdle a 3-0 series deficit, were led by a 30-year-old named Theo Epstein, now the President of Operations for these Cubs, who tinkered with the culture, brought in winning ballplayers and ultimately took a sledgehammer to the Curse of the Bambino.

That team called themselves "Idiots." They took shots of Jack Daniels before games (really). They loved each other. They always believed, no matter the odds. They were clutch; they were daring. More than anything, they didn't pay attention to history, even when they had their backs to the wall against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. They were completely dismissed -- only to win four straight and orchestrate the most dramatic comeback story in the history of sports.

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Sounds very familiar. These Cubs were remade, rebranded and rebuilt thanks to a wealth of young talent over Epstein's four/five-year plan.

They were left for dead, too, just 72 hours ago.

That damned curse will go on forever, many thought. It wasn't a 3-0 series, but most times 3-1 feels just as hopeless. Fresh off a deflating 7-2 loss in Game 4, Joe Maddon's club stared a daunting two-game deficit and full knowledge the last two contests would be on the road in Cleveland.

Rather than panic, however, the Cubs played more relaxed baseball than ever -– even when the tension reached unbearable levels in the nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 5 at Wrigley Field.

One down, two to go.

"Three one-game win streaks," Maddon said. Whatever works, right?

That's what Epstein's boys did in '04. They chilled. They laughed. They said, 'Don't let us win this game..."

Remember that Game 5? It was a similar one-run stomach spoiler. In the bottom of the 14th inning, Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez walked, bringing up David Ortiz with two outs. The previous night's hero did his job again, singling to center on the 10th pitch of the at-bat to set off another celebration at Fenway. Magical. Well, so was Aroldis Chapman's eight-out save on Sunday evening.

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Next up, Game 6. Boston jumped out to a four-run lead early and never relinquished, thanks to Curt Schilling and his bloody sock. Fast-forward 12 years later Tuesday night and these Cubs bounced starter Josh Tomlin in the third inning by forging a commanding 7-0 lead, which was protected by Jake Arrieta, and then closed out a 9-3 win.

And now we're at the end of the road. We saw what happened with those Red Sox in their Game 7 against the Yankees. Two in the first, four in the second and there was never a doubt. Forget history; forget the odds.

Anything can happen now.

Ready?

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Chicago Cubs fans celebrate in the stands after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kris Bryant #17 and Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after Rizzo scores a run in the 10th inning on a Miguel Montero #47 against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs singles in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians is unable to field a throw to second as Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs is safe and advances to third on the error in the ninth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians forces out Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs at second base during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs runs after hitting an RBI double to score Ben Zobrist #18 (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after retiring the side during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: A fan holds a sign during Game Seven of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted at home plate after hitting a grad slam in the third inning during Game 6 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs forces out Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians at first base to end the seventh inning in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs flips the ball to second in the sixth inning during Game 6 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Fan react as the Cleveland Indians give up three runs in the the first inning as they watch on a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from their first World Series championship since 1948. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Jim Stamper of Cleveland hangs a sign outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from their first World Series championship since 1948. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Dexter Fowler #24 (L) and Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in Game Five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates after game four of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the Indians 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (left) celebrates with catcher Willson Contreras (right) after game four of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the Indians 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs slides into second base after hitting a double in the fourth inning during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the fourth inning during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs bats during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch during the 2nd inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on October 29, 2016, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. The Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs by the score of 7-2. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single in the third inning during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: John Lackey #41 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) celebrates with Cleveland Indians left fielder Coco Crisp (4) after his three run home run during the seventh inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on October 29, 2016, at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Indians won 7-2. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches during the seventh inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on October 29, 2016, at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Indians won 7-2. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Fans cheer after the fifth inning in Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Carl Edwards #6 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Michael Martinez #1 of the Cleveland Indians scores a run in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after being tagged out at third base in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Coco Crisp #4 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Roberto Perez #55 and Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians walk off the field in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Mike Montgomery #38 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians swings at a pitch in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: A general view of Progressive Field during the first inning in Game Two of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Carl Edwards #6 of the Chicago Cubs strikes out Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs bats during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI double in the first inning during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by teammate Ben Zobrist #18 after scoring on a Anthony Rizzo #44 RBI double in the first inning during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo points to Kyle Schwarber after scoring on a hit during the third inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber is congratulated by first base coach Brandon Hyde after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Jeff Manship (middle) is relieved by manager Terry Francona (right) in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) is forced out at home by Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (55) in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mike Montgomery throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the 8th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs players from left Addison Russell , Javier Baez and Kris Bryant celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs fans cheer after game two of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: The Cleveland Indians line up for the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Manager Joe Maddon #70, Dexter Fowler #24, Kris Bryant #17, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs look on prior to in Game One of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Manager Joe Maddon #70, Dexter Fowler #24, Kris Bryant #17, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Managers Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians and Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs shake hands before the start of Game 1 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
International pop star Rachel Platten sings the national anthem before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor hits a single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this multiple exposure picture, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
In this multiple exposure picture, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez tags out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez as he is caught stealing second during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez while attempting to steal during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez while attempting to steal during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez (55) celebrates his home run in front of Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A fan holds a sign during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians center fielder Rajai Davis catches a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez hits a double during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester wipes his face as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez congratulates relief pitcher Andrew Miller after getting Chicago Cubs' David Ross to strike out with bases loaded to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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