The Chicago Cubs or the Clevland Indians will become baseball’s newest champion as the 2016 World Series concludes tonight with Game 7.
In last night’s game, TCU alumnus and National League Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta, was the starting pitcher. He pitched for almost six full innings until he was replaced by Mike Montgomery during the bottom of the sixth.
The Indians won Games 1, 3 and 4, while the Cubs claimed Games 2, 5 and 6.
Many TCU students are now wearing jerseys and hats to show their support for the Cubs.
Eric Burke, a sophomore economics major, said he has been a Cubs fan his whole life.
“I’m from the south side of Chicago, but there are a lot of fans from the south side,” he said. “It’s not just the [Chicago] White Sox.”
Burke also said it is awesome having a TCU graduate on the team.
“He [Arrieta] had a huge year last year… this year he is doing just as good,” he said.
Michael Drake, a junior finance and management double major, lives 30 minutes outside the city of Chicago and is a big fan of the Cubs.
“The past couple of years have been really good [for the Cubs],” Drake said.
Krista Moore, a senior marketing major, is also from the Chicago area and has always been a fan.
“In high school, we’d go for like 12 dollars a game,” Moore said. “Now it’s like 200 dollars.”
Moore said she is going home this weekend and hopes to catch the World Series parade if the Cubs win.
Around 317 TCU students live in the state of Illinois, according to the 2016 TCU Office of Institutional Research fact book. Illinois is the third highest populated state on campus behind California and Texas.
While many students are hoping the Cubs will “Fly the Win,” some students, including Tyler Metcalfe, a sophomore Film, Television and Digital Media major, hope the Indians will win. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I’m the only person who I have seen wearing an Indians’ jersey so far this post-season,” he said.
The 2016 TCU Office of Institutional Research fact book says 44 TCU students are from Ohio.
Metcalfe said he does not mind being one of the few Indian supporters at TCU.
“Cleveland has a motto right now where it is Cleveland against the world,” Metcalfe said.
The Indians will be hosting Game 7 tonight night at 7 p.m. C.T. The game will be televised on FOX.