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Arrieta was brilliant, and Kyle Schwarbed the decks with Cleveland pitching, as the Cubs torched the Indians and tied the Series at 1 game apiece. We now move to Chicago, where heads are sure to explode.

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Just as Game 1 belonged to Corey Kluber of the Indians, Game 2 belonged to Jake Arrieta of the Cubs. For a little bit there, things were pretty exciting as Arrieta had a no-hitter going deep into the game.  Unfortunately, FOX jinxed the whole thing and our moment in history was lost forever.  Thanks, Mr. Fox graphic producer guy.

And, just as amazing, young Kyle Schwarber is killing it. Last night was only his 4th MLB game this season. And it's happening in the World Series, no less. On the road, against top-level pitching. This is pretty impressive.

In the other dugout, Trevor Bauer doesn't want to blame his failures on the time off due to recovery required from failing to figure out how to play with his toy drone safely. But the dude who sits at the other end of Bauer's pitches sees things much differently. Bauer might not end up getting a ring out of all this, but he might get the cool consolation prize of free toy drones for life.

No WS game today, but you can watch some AFL action on free MLB.com live stream. And we have to wake up and recall that we really are leaving Cleveland, which ain't a bad thing. It's Cleveland, after all, where it's too cold to play baseball. Hell, it's too cold to take a leak. Not that Chicago is that much better, but it's not Cleveland.

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Mike Trout did not win the Hank Aaron Award this year. Again. Add it to the growing dump heap. I think this one was a popularity vote via MLB.com, wasn't it? It's not a meritocracy, so it will one day become one of those things where they give Mike a special lifetime achievement one out of embarrassment over the years of slights, thinking it makes all stupid things better...............

You think tickets to get INSIDE the stadium to World Series games are getting high? How about the prices to watch the games OUTSIDE the Stadiums??...........

And if you sit outside the stadium, that means you watch on TV. And more people are watching on TV this World Series than have watched in years. This World Series is kind of a big deal..............

Charlie Sheen isn't going to be tossing out any ceremonial first pitches. But he is breaking his Cleveland uniform to show his support for the Indians.............

Mrs. Max Scherzer has no appreciation for history. Or, maybe, Mr. Max Scherzer is the one with no appreciation and left his 2nd no-hitter jersey crumbled up in the back of his closet floor............

Hah!. Ben Badler remains on the case. MLB has been forced to cancel their Dominican Showcase because the players and trainers were going to skip the event altogether in protest. This is the muck and mire that MLB is stepping into when they collude with the Players Union to create a system of forcing free agent talent into a process that restricts their freedom and opportunity to sell their skills on an open market...........

As we are tracking,t he Chief Wahoo turmoil is quite topical and growing in intensity................Craig Calcaterra is spearheading a campaign to take the issue of the Indians name and logo directly to Commissioner Manfred. I suppose his campaign will continue for another few days, at least. Since this wasn't something that was motivating pitchforks even up to a few weeks ago, I will be interested to see if this campaign carries the same steam into December............

Jim Bowden is reporting that Commissioner Manfred and the MLBPA is discussing severing the ties between the All Star Game and Home Field Advantage in the World Series...........

Meet the front-running Insider Network candidate for the DBacks managerial opening. All the other Insider Network guys think he is a great candidate.............And the Insider Network is strong. The DBacks already have staffed their front office with not one, but TWO Insider Network frat members............And meet the front-running Insider Network candidate for the Twins' GM position. All the other Insider Network guys think he is a great candidate, too. In fact, Texas is in mourning over the loss of their Mr. Insider Network Assistant GM Thad Levine, now headed to Minnesota. They think so much of Levine the feeling is that this is a bigger loss than what the Cubs experienced in Game 1...........Diversity must certainly be a major priority in the MLB Front Office. I'm sure that their diversity files and program Power Point collateral are all ready to go, and will be handed out to all MLB teams just as soon as they get unpacked after the MLB headquarters move..........

To the surprise of hardly anyone, the fatal boat accident that killed Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was alcohol fueled..............

Well, it IS Jon Heyman. But in this case it's pretty believable, because it's absolutely predictable. Yeonis Cespedes is going to opt out and join the FA market. That would immediately put at the top of a weak heap. I'll bet, though, that the fresh memory of the Jason Heyward mistake (to date) of last year tempers enthusiasm..............

Yeah, this is what we needed. We started the season riffing on over-the-top ballpark food. Finishing the season doing the same riffing on WS ballpark food makes for a nice set of bookends...............

Getting StatCast crazy! Buckle up, people, because StatCast defensive data is really coming into its own in analyzing fielder play and efficiencies. It's always been one of the things on my bucket list that baseball gets better metrics for defense before I die. Looks like I might make it to cross this one off after all............

Tim Tebow defended his baseball plans by going off on Stephen A. Smith. Now, huge props to Tebow for going off on Smith, and even more so for shutting him up. Really. Great job. Gotta see more of that......But...here is the part that is being missed in Tebow's rant, especially by Tebow: it's wonderful to chase a dream and bust your ass and give your all and let the chips fall where they may. But Tebow is not actually chasing that dream for the entire race. He is using his celebrity to hitch a cab ride for the first lap around the track before he jumps out and starts his chase. Tebow didn't start out a the bottom like his minor league competitors. And his cab ran over somebody (easy enough to track down who if I need to spend a few minutes) as Tebow got his free ride to the AFL. And, not too surprisingly, it looks like Tebow's "chase' isn't even worthy of one time around the track on his own power. So acting like this is some form of personal achievement victory lap is incorrect...........

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