When the Cubs defeated the Dodgers to advance to the World Series it put Indians infielder Jason Kipnis, his family and friends all in a very strange situation. The Northbrook, Ill. native and lifelong Cubs fan suddenly faced an inner struggle of how to react.
"The 10-year-old boy in me is saying, 'Why does it have to be the Cubs?'", Kipnis told Cleveland.com on Sunday.
"I even teared up because I didn't know how to handle it," Kipnis said. "I didn't know what to think."
Many of Kipnis' friends are Cubs season-ticket holders and his three siblings also have allegiance to the Cubbies. Torn between choosing her littler brother or her favorite team, Kipnis' older sister Amanda attempted to explain herself on Facebook.
Sooo, I'm going to a Cubbies World Series at Wrigley Freaking Field, and my little brother is playing for the other...Posted by Amanda Kipnis on Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Cubs start out the series in Cleveland, but when Kipnis and the Indians head to Wrigley Field as the series shifts to Chicago, you know things are only going to get even more complicated for his family members and closest friends.
The White Sox took to Twitter on Saturday night to congratulate their crosstown rivals on earning their first World Series berth since 1945.
Two days later Jerry Reinsdorf took it a step farther.
The White Sox owner told Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed that he'll be rooting for the Cubs when they begin their series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
"I think it would be great for Chicago if the Cubs won!
"Cubs fans have suffered enough. They deserve to have a winner. It would be great for the city.
"My White Sox fans won't be happy with me saying this. They'll think I'm a traitor. But that's how I feel."
Reinsdorf may have felt different had his White Sox not hoisted the World Series trophy in 2005. But he understands how Cubs fans feel; when the South Siders won the 2005 World Series it ended an 87-year drought. That was the second longest drought in MLB history, behind only the Cubs and their current 107-year streak.
Perhaps the fact that the Cubs are playing a White Sox AL Central rival in the Indians helps matters.
Either way, Reinsdorf is hoping to see the Cubbies bring home the title for the first time since 1908.
"I have never been a Cubs fan," Reinsdorf said. "But I really do wish them well."