(Reuters) - Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is dealing with a sprained left ankle as he prepares for Tuesday's Game One of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Kipnis suffered the injury in "freak" circumstances when he hugged team mate Francisco Lindor in celebration in the moments after the Indians clinched a spot in the World Series by winning the American League Championship Series against Toronto. Shortstop Lindor accidentally stepped on the ankle of Kipnis, who joked about it on Monday.
Despite the Cinderella storylines about two of baseball's underdog franchises reaching the World Series, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians fully deserve to be battling for Major League Baseball's title. Chicago, despite their so-called "Curse of the Billy Goat", began the season as favorites to win baseball's top prize and the young Cubs proved they have come of age by winning a major league-leading 103 games. The Indians, whose powerhouse lineup reached a pair of World Series in the 1990s, overcame numerous obstacles to climb to the top of the American League, relying on stellar starting pitching in the regular season and a killer bullpen in the playoffs.
Cleveland has undergone an extraordinary urban renewal-like transformation from Loserville to the City of Champions this year, shedding a down-and-out image for a winning one. Compared to the Chicago Cubs, the so-called Loveable Losers they will meet in the best-of-seven Fall Classic beginning on Tuesday, the Indians are clear runners-up. It has been 68 years since the Indians last won a World Series but that seems almost like yesterday compared to the 108-year title drought endured by the Cubbies and their supporters.