Alex Anthopoulos

Emotional clash: Blue Jays CEO Shapiro faces Indians in ALCS

Mark Shapiro's love for Cleveland and its people runs deep, personally and professionally.

It's where the Toronto Blue Jays' president and CEO began his career, raised his family and helped orchestrate a baseball renaissance in the 1990s that's enjoying a 21st-century revival. In many ways, it will always be home for Shapiro.

Over the past few months, Shapiro has enjoyed from afar seeing Cleveland celebrate this summer as the Cavaliers won an NBA title, ending a half-century drought for the city, and he's watched with pride as Indians fans rallied around a team that has been overlooked — even in October.

It's been some ride.

"I just feel bad that...