It’s turning out to be a pretty good year for sports fans in Cleveland. Last spring, the Cavs did the impossible and overcame a 3-1 deficit to the Warriors to the win the NBA Finals, giving the city its first championship in more than 50 years. Now, the Indians are headed to the World Series, which kicks off on Tuesday night.
It’ll be a busy night for Cleveland, because it’s also the Cavs’ home opener to the 2016-2017 season, which will start with a ring ceremony and the raising of their championship banner to the rafters. Both games were initially scheduled to begin at the 8 p.m., but the Cavs recently announced that they will move the festivities a half-hour earlier. Via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
“It’s going to be great,” [LeBron] James said. “Like I said from a fan’s perspective, is there any better way? I don’t know, having an ice cream truck outside of both arenas at the same time as well — the icing on the cake. It’s great. We get to host the World Series and we get our rings on the same night at the same time. If we had a retractable roof it would be probably the loudest we ever heard, so it’s pretty special.”
If things go according to plan for the Indians, the city of Cleveland could make a radical transformation from seemingly-cursed to an embarrassment of riches in less than six months.