Nov 4 – After one-hundred and eight years of patience, the Chicago Cubs, and their loyal fanbase, are finally World Series champions.
As pressure mounted, falling behind 3-1 in the series, their confidence never wavered. In Game 7, the Cubs narrowly defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in an instant classic.
Although champions, it didn’t come easy. As the Cubs led 6-3 in game seven, Aroldis Chapman, their highly decorated closer, gave up a demoralizing three-run homer to Rajai Davis, who belted one into left field to tie it up. For many Cubs fans, anything but a win in this situation would be extremely heart-breaking.
Tension was at its peak at Progressive Field: tied 6-6 in the 10th inning, Ben Zobrist, after a lengthy rain delay, doubled down the line off of Bryan Shaw to give the Cubs a 7-6 lead, and they never looked back.
Zobrist was awarded the World Series MVP, and Chicago celebrated long into the night.
The moment was an ironic one for Cleveland. This summer, Cleveland won their first pro-sports championship in 52 years, when the Cavaliers fought back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in spectacular fashion. However, their beloved Indians, who were looking to give the city their best sports year in existence, gave up a 3-1 lead to lose the World Series.
Many Cub fans went an entire lifetime without seeing their hometown team win the World Series, but, for those still alive, they now get their taste of glory. First basemen, Kris Bryant, summed up the moment perfectly in an interview, telling the fans: “It happened. Chicago, it happened. We’re world champions.” The celebrating didn’t stop there: five million people showed up at the parade on Thursday, which was the seventh largest gathering in human history.
Unbelievably, we now live in a world where the Chicago Cubs are world champions. Congrats, Cubs!