Dwyane Wade was already down one game in the World Series when he finalized a bet with Cleveland native LeBron James.
But after Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs took care of business in Game 2, Wade's optimism of winning his bet with his best friend has improved.
"I feel very good about being 1-1," Wade said of the tied series between the Cubs and Indians. It was tough because we made the bet and they were up 1-0 right away, but we’re in a good place right now."
After the Cubs clinched their first World Series berth in 71 years, Wade tweeted at James about placing a bet on their respective hometowns. James and his Cavaliers teammates have been regulars at Indians home games throughout the postseason, including last night's Game 2.
Wade took to the internet to finalize the bet on Wednesday, saying that the loser of the bet would have to arrive to the winner's hometown wearing the winning team's full jersey.
Wade said Thursday during Bulls' shootaround at the Advocate Center that the loser of the bet is on his own to go the distance and dress head-to-toe in garb.
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"It’s your job to get your own (uniform), but you’ve got to come in looking like one of the players for sure," Wade said. "I’m talking about glove, bat, whatever you decide. Come in with everything. So it’s gonna be cool."
James and the Cavaliers travel to Chicago for the first time on Dec. 2, while Wade and the Bulls will be in Cleveland on Jan. 4.
It's not the only bet the former teammates have with each other. And it's more so a friendly back-and-forth as the two future Hall of Famers root on their respective hometowns.
"We’ve got time before we play each other. But it’s just something friendly. We’ve got two parts of the bet," Wade said. "That’s one part that we thought was friendly, then we’ve got another where we send each other certain cases of wine depending on who wins and loses. So it’s cool. It’s just friendly banter back and forth just getting involved in the excitement that’s going on in both cities. So it’s cool to have that.
Just like many Cubs fans, Ryan Slagle has been on cloud nine the last few weeks.
The diehard Cubs fan and Iraq War veteran became an overnight internet sensation after cameras caught him crying at a bar in Wrigleyville when the Cubs punched their ticket to the World Series last weekend.
After footage went viral, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show tracked down Slagle for an interview.
"The last 48 hours of my life has been absolutely ridiculous," Slagle told 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' correspondent Guillermo Rodriguez on Wednesday night. "My life has been flipped up outside down. My man card has been pulled away. I don't know what to do with myself these days."
Before finishing the interview, Kimmel broke the news that he's going to send Slagle and his girlfriend to a World Series game at Wrigley Field this weekend.
Fighting through the emotions, Slagle thanked Kimmel and told him how much he appreciates it.
"That's a man right there, I don't care what anybody says," Kimmel said.
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