CHICAGO — It’s arguably the oldest dream for any baseball player no matter the age. It’s the World Series, you’re playing for your favorite team and you slam a home run out of the ballpark.

Saturday night at Wrigley Field, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis lived out that fantasy with a twist. The native of the Chicago area blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to punctuate a 7-2 win on the field he grew up dreaming about -- but this home run came against that childhood favorite team, the Cubs.

Kipnis has talked long and often about what it means to be playing in a World Series against the team he grew up rooting for, but Game 4 was different. That hit was something he’d dreamed about more times than he could remember.

“A lot of times, and it went a lot farther than that one did, too,” he said with a smile. “ You can’t draw this up. Everyone makes that situation with tee-ball or a wiffle ball in the backyard and I just finally got to do it, so you can imagine what kind of high I’m feeling right now.”

Kipnis attended Northbrook Glenbrook North High School, which is a 20-mile drive from Wrigley that takes roughly 40 minutes depending on traffic. Surrounded by reporters outside the Indians dugout on the first-base side of the field, Kipnis had his back to the crowd. Over his shoulder was a homemade sign featuring Cleveland mascot Chief Wahoo with the phrase “NORTHBROOK FOR KIPNIS”. The first night the Indians arrived, Kipnis said he got to have dinner with his family.

In those boyhood fantasies, the crowd roared its approval. Saturday night, it turned a 4-1 Cleveland lead into an insurmountable 7-1 advantage.

Silence ensued, save for Kipnis’ personal cheering section.

“A little bit different atmosphere,” he said.

He didn’t get to keep the ball, but he joked that he hoped someone would’ve thrown it back onto the field so he could’ve scooped it up as he was rounding the bases.

“We’re excited (for him),” said Carlos Santana, who homered in the second inning. “We know he feels more confident. He helped with a big night. He tells me all the time to be confident, and that’s why he’s a big deal.”

The Indians are a win away from their first World Series championship since 1948, and it’s thanks to the contributions of each player on the roster. As reliever Andrew Miller put it, Saturday night that just happened to be Kipnis.

“It always seems like somebody comes through and I think it’s a special moment for him,” Miller said. “He’s playing in front of his hometown. He probably has a lot of people here. For us, it doesn’t matter who comes through. I’m happy for him, he was a big guy tonight, but at the end of the day it’s however we win.”

Just like Kipnis dreamed.