There is a reason why the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series is regarded as one of the most thrilling occasions in American sports. The 2016 edition, featuring Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, has witnessed the drama of all sorts so far. Six games done, scores locked and one final game is forced upon.
Game 7 decides which team is able to break their trophy drought.
Nobody could have fathomed the excitement of such sorts. The best of seven games is indeed going the distance. It all started with Cleveland Indians winning the first game on October 25, while Chicago Cubs won the second a day later. Then on, the Indians went on to pick up two back-to-back wins and just when it looked like it was Cleveland's year, the Chicago Cubs made a stunning comeback, winning the next two games.
Game 7 takes place at the Progressive Field in Cleveland. Three games have been played so far at the venue and the Cubs hold a 2-1 lead over the Indians. Can Cleveland now pick up one of the most crucial victories in their sporting history on Wednesday and bring the Christmas celebrations early in the American city this time around?
"If you're a fan of baseball, this is the best outcome that you could possibly hope for in a World Series anyone's been alive for," said Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo to the NY Times. "A couple of years ago, it went Game 7, but the Indians not winning since '48 and us since 1908 — it's gonna be good. History's gonna be written tomorrow one way or another, and we'll be a part of it forever."
For the record, Chicago Cubs haven't won the coveted championship -- played annually between the American League champion team and the National League champion team -- since 1908, while the Cleveland Indians last won it in 1948. The two franchises have a combined 176 years of World Series trophy drought between themselves.
All eyes are on the unmissable Game 7 as two of the superstars of MLB and the best performers in the World Series 2016 -- the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks against the Indians' Corey Kluber -- gets pitted for one last time in the historical competition.
World Series 2016 Game 7 is scheduled for a 8 p.m. ET (5:30 am IST, 12 am GMT [both on Thursday]) on November 3.
Where to watch live
India: No telecast.
Australia - TV: ESPN
Canada: Sportsnet. Live streaming: Sportsnet Now
Live scores: Twitter