Each year the baseball world crowns one team as the “Team of Destiny” heading into the postseason. Last year, it was undoubtedly the Chicago Cubs, who ultimately defeated the Cleveland Indians in extra innings of game seven to win the franchise’s first championship in 108 years. The century long title drought was the longest running streak in professional sports, and was something many (outside of Cleveland, of course) waited their entire lives to witness.
The loss granted the Indians the honor of owning the new longest active title drought in baseball and the second longest in all of professional sports, trailing the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals by one year. Ironically enough, it was generally believed that if the Indians were playing anyone but the Cubbies, they would have been 2016’s Team of Destiny.
A year later, with the Cubs no longer being viewed as the lovable losers they had been for over 100 years, it is time to establish a new Team of Destiny for this postseason. The Cleveland Indians, riding a franchise record 16 game winning streak, are clearly that team. The team has everything needed to win a World Series as everybody’s favorite. The best storyline, a Cy Young candidate, and tremendous personalities across the board. The Tribe is undoubtedly the most entertaining team in baseball, coupling stoic ace Corey Kluber with young smiling stars such as Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Manager Terry Francona is also arguably the most entertaining and talented managers in the big leagues .
The Cleveland Indians have everything a good Team of Destiny and World Series contender needs. They will likely also run into a very familiar foe in the Boston Red Sox, only adding to the brilliance of the story. With more talent than a year ago, and playing the best baseball of any team in the majors, the Cleveland Indians seem poised to set the postseason on fire and win their first World Series title in 69 years.