Cleveland wasted no time in adding some fuel to the fire in a World Series between two teams with lengthy title droughts.
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After the Indians blanked the Cubs, 6-0, in Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Cleveland police department's Twitter account threw some shade in the Cubs' direction:
The last time the Cubs were shut out in the postseason, they followed that up by scoring 10 runs and rolled off three straight wins to eliminate the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Careful what you wish for.
After Mother Nature washed out the Cubs and Dodgers Monday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs recognized one of their Hall of Famers.
In honor of outfielder Billy Williams’ 80th birthday on June 15, the Cubs painted Williams’ No. 26 behind home plate. Cubs players are also wearing shirts with his number featured on the front.
On the Cubs Twitter page, there is also a glass case of pictures and Williams’ old jersey with other memorabilia.
In his illustrious 16-year career with the Cubs, Williams, known as sweet swingin’ Billy from Whistler, hit .290 with 392 home runs, 1353 RBIs, 2510 hits and 911 walks.
His best offensive season came in 1970 when he hit 42 home runs and 129 RBIs, both career bests.
Williams also played with the Oakland Athletics for two seasons after he was traded by the Cubs after the 1974 season.
Williams was a guy you’d see on the field a lot during his day, starting all 162 games four times. In 1970 he eclipsed 161 games.
He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1987. Williams appeared in six All-Star Games, he was the 1961 Rookie of the Year and the 1972 NL MVP. He also won the NL batting title that year.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Another day in June 1998, another multi-homer game for Sammy Sosa.
Slammin' Sammy connected twice off Carlton Loewer in the same game, a solo shot in the first inning and a 2-run shot int he fifth inning. Both were measured at 380 feet.
Still, the Cubs wound up losing the game 9-8 to the Phillies despite Sosa's effort and a total of 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings combined.
Fun fact: A big part of why the Cubs lost this game was Jose Hernandez's defense. He committed 3 errors at third base and shortstop that led to a pair of unearned runs.