World Series impact in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Both Cleveland and Chicago are hoping to end their long championship droughts with a win at game seven of the World Series. We here in Western New York can relate.

The Cleveland Indians are trying to win the championship for the first time since 1948 and the Chicago Cubs for the first time since 1908. 

2 on your side's Stephanie Barnes went to Coca Cola Field to talk about what a win for either team will mean for Buffalo. 

The Buffalo Bison have ties to the Cleveland Indians. They were affiliated from 1995 to 2008.

Indians' outfielder Coco Crisp was with the Bisons in 2002 and 2003. Plus, Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin pitched for the Bisons briefly in 2008.

Brad Bisbing with the Buffalo Bisons said that for that reason, Buffalo baseball fans may be leaning a little more toward an Indians victory in game seven on Wednesday night.

But a win for either one of these two leagues, who have gone so long without one, will be exciting and maybe even inspirational here at home.

"I think it's always nice to see new winners," Bisbing said. "It's always nice to see those droughts end because you never know. Maybe if their drought ends this year, maybe there's a few droughts on this side of the lake that will end in the near future."

The Bisons have not won a Championship since 2004 so Bisbing said it would be great to bring home the Governors Cup Championship to the baseball fans here.

Bisbing explained that seeing a win in this World Series may make fans more hungry for another championship at this Buffalo ballpark.

Either way, one of these teams will end a long standing championship drought Wednesday. Game seven gets underway at 8 o'clock.


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