World Series fever gripping SWFL

Posted at 11:54 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 23:54:55-04

It's 'root root' for the home team for these baseball fans. Game Two of the World Series filling up bars like Stevie Tomato's in Cape Coral The widescreen TVs and choice beverages drawing fans pulling for both teams.

Despite this sports bar having more fans rooting for the Chicago Cubs, it didn't stop Josh Thurmer from cheering on his beloved team.

"Once you are from there you never leave and the work ethic and the people there, it goes with you forever," said Thurmer after moving to Florida in 1997, the same year the Indians lost to the Florida Marlins in the Fall Classic.
But it isn't the only reason why he roots for the Tribe.

"I had a brother-in-law that passed away tragically and all that's all he ever wanted. So I'm rooting for him and the Indians," said Thurmer.

Both cities and fan bases endured long World Series droughts and that's the reason why this series is so endearing.

"It's a nice change in baseball, to get to two teams that haven't seen the world series in a long time," said Adam Settlemeyer, who is visiting Florida from Chicago.

Both fan bases aren't letting the spotlight get to their heads.

"It's time for the team that's been the farthest away the longest to make the change," said Settlemeyer.

"I've been disappointed too many times to get cocky," said Thurmer.

World Series coverage continues on FOX 4 on Friday. First pitch in Chicago is set for 8:08PM.