Indians pull a reverse Cavaliers and lose World Series after 3-1 lead

CLEVELAND -- Sports can be so weird.

The city of Cleveland thirsted for a major professional sports championship for 51 years. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers were down 3-1 to what many believed was the best NBA team of all-time in the Golden State Warriors.

Somehow, the Cavs pulled through with the amazing comeback, making history and becoming rock stars for life in the city that houses the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.

The 3-1 comeback became a regional meme. A rallying cry. As if it were needed, it seemed to bring Cleveland fans even closer than if they simply won in conventional fashion.

And then the Indians got to the verge of winning their first World Series title since 1948. They jumped out to a surprising 3-1 lead on the juggernaut Cubs and had three chances to close it out. Surely they would get the job done.

And the Cubs just rattled off three straight wins, including an 8-7 extra-innings win in Game 7 to leave the city of Cleveland hanging. A cruel irony, some might say. Definitely a weird twist of fate. What the Cavs did, the Indians had happen to them on the grandest stage.

And guess what? LeBron James, J.R. Smith and the troops were in the house for Game 7 in a suite. Smith even took his shirt off to get the crowd going.

Previously, there had been 44 leads of three games to one in the World Series. Thirty-nine times, the team with the 3-1 lead got it done. The Indians are now on the other end of that list.

The Cavs, meanwhile, were the first ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

While the Cavs made history in a good way, the Indians did so in a dubious way. They have joined the 1925 Senators, 1958 Braves, 1968 Cardinals, 1979 Orioles and 1985 Cardinals.

Again, sports can be weird.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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