If mojo from the SEC has anything to say about it, the Chicago Cubs historic drought will end soon.
One hundred and eight years after 1908, the Cubs will go into the World Series this week with three SEC players on its 25-man roster, compared to just one for the Cleveland Indians.
The Cubs will have infielder Chris Coghlan of Ole Miss, catcher David Ross of Florida and Auburn, and pitcher Justin Grimm of Georgia at their disposal. Rob Zastryzny of Missouri was left off the roster so the Cubs could add Kyle Schwarber to the roster.
Meanwhile, Terry Francona and the Indians will counter with rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin of Texas A&M on the 25-man roster.
If the Indians win the World Series, however, another SEC player would receive a ring: Outfielder Collin Cowgill of Kentucky, who had 14 plate appearances with the club before being designated for assignment on Sept. 1.
Coghlan, a utility man, was acquired by the Cubs in a trade this summer from Oakland after playing 2014 and 15 with Chicago. Ross, 39, who is retiring after this season is known as “Grandpa Ross” by his teammates. Grimm allowed two runs and three hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Naquin has played in six games for the Indians this postseason. He is 3 for 16 with two RBI and two doubles.
Game 1 is at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.