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This May Be the Weirdest Double Ever Hit in Baseball

Shohei Otani sends ball through roof of Tokyo Dome

(Newser) - For several minutes after Shohei Otani's at bat on Sunday , everyone at the Tokyo Dome—players and umpires included—looked confused. Rightly so seeing as Otani's ball seemingly disappeared while arching through the air during what looked like a sure home run in an exhibition game between Japan... More »

Cleveland Indians World Series Merch Will Be Destroyed

Losing team's gear used to go to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland fans won't be getting any merchandise celebrating an Indians World Series win—and neither will people in need around the world. Championship products are usually produced for both sides so they can be sold to celebrating fans. For 10 years starting in 2005, the losing side's championship... More »

One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

Curse Over: Cubs Win It All in Game 7

Beat Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10th inning

(Newser) - Mike Montgomery retired Michael Martinez for the final out with a runner on in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs ended baseball's longest championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series, the AP reports. The Cubs won their first championship since... More »

Fans Pay Record-Busting Bucks for Game 7 of World Series

Pair of seats behind Cubs dugout went for $19.5K each

(Newser) - A World Series win Tuesday night by the Chicago Cubs against the Cleveland Indians has forced a Game 7—and apparently forced someone with a lot of disposable income to open up quite a bit of their wallet. Per MarketWatch , a pair of seats behind the Cubs dugout at Cleveland'... More »

Cubs Take It to Game 7

They hammer Indians 9-3

(Newser) - After 108 years, what's one more day? The Chicago Cubs are far from finished—they're frothing. Addison Russell hit a grand slam and tied a World Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took advantage of a huge early misplay in Cleveland's outfield as the Cubs throttled... More »

Autopsy: Marlins Pitcher Had Cocaine, Alcohol in His System

Jose Fernandez died in a boat crash last month in Florida

(Newser) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday. The AP reports it's not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and... More »

Cubs Tie Series, Get Ready to Face the Curse

Arrieta pitched no-hitter into 6th inning

(Newser) - Jake Arrieta made a teasing try at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Arrieta carried a... More »

In First World Series Game, a Solid Shutout

Chicago Cubs lost 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians

(Newser) - Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945. Kluber pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Perez hit two home runs, and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday... More »

Ohio, Illinois Govs' World Series Bet: Beer ... Mustard?

Pizza for Bruce Rauner, 'fan favorites' like ballpark mustard for John Kasich

(Newser) - The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other cases of beer, pizza, and other ballpark favorites ahead of the World Series contest between the Cubs and the Indians. In a Monday tweet , Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wagered an extra-large Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and a case of microbrew... More »

How One Man Made $2.5M Betting on the World Series

'Vegas Dave' and his history of long-shot sports bets

(Newser) - "Vegas" Dave Oancea started his career as a professional gambler by taking out a $10,000 student loan, going straight to Vegas, and putting it all on red. Telling his story to Mel Magazine , Dave says: "It hit, and I turned the 10 grand into 20. That started... More »

Cubs Will Play in World Series

Chicago advances, will face Cleveland

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early, and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.... More »

Bill Murray Holds White House Press Briefing

He talks Cubs baseball and the plight of trees in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Bill Murray stepped in for White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday, holding his own short briefing in the White House press room, the Chicago Tribune reports. Murray, as one would expect, used his time to discuss the Chicago Cubs with the handful of assembled reporters, one of whom... More »

Cleveland Keeps Its Magical Sports Year Going

Please ignore the Browns

(Newser) - A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series. Rookie Ryan Merritt coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen, and the Cleveland Indians won their first pennant since 1997, blanking Toronto 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, the... More »

Judge: Cleveland Indians Can Keep Name in Canada

Activist tried to block 'racist' name, mascot

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians were allowed to play—and win—under their usual name in Toronto Monday night after a Canadian judge rejected an attempt to block the use of the Indians name and the Chief Wahoo mascot. Indigenous activist and prominent architect Douglas Cardinal had sought an injunction against what... More »

Cubs Go Up One Over Dodgers in NLCS Opener

Game 2 is Sunday night

(Newser) - Miguel Montero delivered a memorable swing, Javier Baez stole home with his daring dash down the line, and Jon Lester turned in another steady performance on the mound, reports the AP . It all added up to another dramatic victory for the Chicago Cubs, who are off and running in the... More »

Cubs Take Big Step to Ending Team 'Curse'

Chicago advances to the National League championship

(Newser) - Kris Bryant tossed his glove high in the air, Jake Arrieta jumped over the dugout railing, and the rest of the Chicago Cubs rushed to join the celebration. Pure revelry and a sigh of relief, all at once. World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs took another step in... More »

MLB Wants Beer-Throwing, 'Loon-Ball' Fan Prosecuted

It's also pressuring Toronto to ban beer cans from the stands

(Newser) - Major League Baseball wants officials in Canada to prosecute the Toronto Blue Jays fan who threw a can of beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the AL wild-card game Tuesday, the AP reports. Toronto police on Wednesday released a photo of the fan... More »

Tebow Legend Now Includes Mashed Tater in 1st Pro At-Bat

He didn't Tebow on home plate, though

(Newser) - The legend of Tim Tebow got another chapter Wednesday when he hit a home run (video here ) in his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets organization, Deadspin reports. Even more impressive, it was on the first pitch the former NFL quarterback saw as a professional... More »

Yankee Fan Drops Bomb on GF—and Engagement Ring

But did Andrew Fox make the save?

(Newser) - If Red Sox fans didn't have enough to taunt Yankees fans about, Tuesday's game between the two rivals offered more ammunition. A Pennsylvania man decked out in pinstripes decided to propose to his girlfriend at Yankee Stadium, and he had his stunt all worked out, down to getting... More »

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