Cavaliers’ NBA Title Left Travis Shaw, Red Sox’s Cavs Superfan, ‘Speechless’


June 20, 2016

LeBron James still might not be the most well-liked person in the city of Boston. But at least one member of Boston’s baseball team was elated to see James finally bring a championship to Cleveland.

That would be Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw, who was raised outside Columbus, Ohio, and remains a diehard Cleveland sports fan.

“Finally,” Shaw told’s Quinn Roberts before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. “Cleveland has waited a long time. A lot of heartbreak has happened in the city, and the city deserves it. It was a great series. LeBron did what he said he was going to do. I was speechless. Everyone was. It finally happened.”

James and his Cleveland Cavaliers made history Sunday night, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals to unseat the defending champion Golden State Warriors in seven games. It was Cleveland’s first title in any sport since the Browns claimed the NFL’s top prize in 1964.

“(Sunday) night was setting up for as Cleveland as it gets,” Shaw said. “All that hype and then the letdown. Not this time.”

Thumbnail photo via Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports Images

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