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Before World Series Game 1: IRL

October 25, 2016

The 112th World Series gets underway tonight as the Cubs and Indians begin their quests for an elusive title in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.And we are on the scene, around Cleveland and at Progressive Field, taking it all in as first pitch fast approaches.The game will air tonight

The 112th World Series gets underway tonight as the Cubs and Indians begin their quests for an elusive title in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
And we are on the scene, around Cleveland and at Progressive Field, taking it all in as first pitch fast approaches.
The game will air tonight on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET air time/8 p.m. ET game time, with National League Championship Series co-Most Valuable Player Jon Lester taking the hill for the Cubs at Progressive Field opposite Tribe ace Corey Kluber.
• World Series gear: Cubs | Indians
The pregame buzz turned up a notch with the announcement of the World Series rosters, which revealed that young slugger Kyle Schwarber, coming off a serious knee injury in April, would suit up for Chicago. The Indians, meanwhile, added righty Danny Salazar, who has been out with a right forearm strain since September.

6:50 p.m. ET: Welcome to the big time
Schwarber takes some hacks at batting practice before Game 1 in Cleveland.

5:51 p.m. ET: Unprecedented sports scene in Cleveland
Cavaliers season-ticket holders Jimmy Gates and Janet Mays celebrate the NBA champion ring ceremony while the Indians get set for the World Series across the street at Progressive Field.

5:38 p.m. ET: Cage time for Tribe
Designated hitter Carlos Santana takes his cuts in batting practice as the Indians prepared for Game 1.

5:11 p.m. ET: Indians on the field
Second baseman Jason Kipnis loosens up while the Tribe takes batting practice.

4:45 p.m. ET: Fans rally outside Cleveland Public Square
Clevelanders gather together to represent the city's three major sports teams, including the NBA champion Cavaliers.

4:32 p.m. ET: Statuesque slugger
Indians Hall of Fame member Jim Thome is at the ballpark for Game 1, as is his impressive statue.

4:23 p.m. ET: 'We've been waiting decades for this'
Two of the thousands of Cubs fans on site finally have their chance to watch their club in the World Series.

4:05 p.m. ET: He's back, baby
Schwarber addresses the media at Progressive Field after it was announced that he'd be the Cubs' designated hitter for Game 1.

3:44 p.m. ET: Showing pride with Duck Tape
Fans were welcomed into the Cleveland Visitor's Center on Euclid Avenue to make signs.

3:02 p.m. ET: Tito surprises excited Indians fans
Cleveland manager Terry Francona stopped by to sign autographs outside the ballpark.

2:49 p.m. ET: Hall of Famer honored outside Progressive Field
Fans are posing for photos with this statue of Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League and a member of the 1948 World Series-winning Indians.

2:20 p.m. ET: Progressive Field: check
The field is painted and the Indians' ballpark is ready for Game 1 of the World Series.

1:57 p.m. ET: Finding common ground at World Series
Indians and Cubs fans come together to have a good time on E. 4th St. near Progressive Field.

1:35 p.m. ET: Commissioner gets things started at community event
Rob Manfred joined Indians owner Paul Dolan, as well as former Tribe players Len Barker and Joe Charboneau, at a Play Ball event at the Luis Munoz Marin Dual Language Academy.

1:07 p.m. ET: Broadcast sets up shop
The FOX set is prepared for Game 1 of the World Series.

1:01 p.m. ET: Die-hard fans make the trip
Sam the Cub and Ronnie "Woo Woo" -- known for his "Woo" chants at Wrigley Field -- arrive at Progressive Field to represent Chicago.

12:35 p.m. ET: Road to the Fall Classic
The Cubs and Indians took different paths that brought them together in Cleveland for Game 1 of the World Series.