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Chicago Cubs Win World Series!

November 3rd, 2016

Chicago Cubs win World Series after 108 years. Photo credit: Arturo Pardavila III via Flickr/CC

That may have been the greatest World Series game 7 EVER.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908, ending the longest stretch of time for a team between World Series’ wins — over a century. Finally.

It had been so long that many fans believed the Cubs were cursed by a billy goat and its owner in the 1940s … and would never win a World Series.

The Cubs had been down 3 games to 1 in this best of seven series, the Cleveland Indians being just one win away from winning it all … three games in a row.

In game 7, the very first batter in the very first inning, Cubs’ Dexter Fowler, hit a home run so the Cubs were able to take an early lead.

By the 5th inning the Cubs were comfortably ahead 5-1. Phew for Cubs fans.

Not so fast.

The bottom of the 5th inning got a little crazy. A bad throw by Cubs’ catcher David Ross and a wild pitch by the Cubs’ pitcher Jon Lester, hitting David Ross in the head and knocking him off his feet, allowed the Indians to score two runs, making it 5-3.

For good measure, at Ross’ next at bat, he hit a solo home run — redemption, and extra sweet because at age 39 it was his last game ever. Plus it gave them a comfortable three-run lead.

By the 8th inning it was looking good pretty good for the Cubs, ahead 6-3 with two outs (a 6-3 lead heading into the 9th inning is just what the Cubs would have loved) … but the Indians’ ended the inning tying the game 6-6 off an incredible home run by the Indians’ Rajai Davis against Cubs’ closer Aroldis Chapman.

The game was in Cleveland so the crowd went wild. What a comeback late in the game! Let the real nail biting begin.

It stayed tied through the 9th inning and headed into extra innings (now after midnight for fans on the east coast).

Then it started pouring rain and play had to stop. They were able to restart about 20 minutes later.

In the final few minutes of the game, history was going to be made either way. If the Cubs lost, they’d remain the team with the most amount of time between World Series’ wins — going on 109 years. Yikes. If they won, Cleveland would hold that record, 68 going on 69 years.

In the top of the 10th inning, the Cubs were at bat, scoring two runs. Cubs’ Ben Zobrist had a clutch hit to second base that scored two runs, giving the Cubs a 8-6 lead. They also had bases loaded but couldn’t convert it into runs to break the lead wide open.

Zobrist was named the World Series MVP. This was the second year in a row he’s won the World Series, last year it was with the Kansas City Royals. Seems like a good guy to have on your team!

Cleveland narrowed the lead 8-7 during their at bat … with the tying run on base and two outs. Gulp! But a ground ball to an already smiling Cubs’ Kris Bryant and a throw to first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, ended the game, the World Series … and the legendary curse of the billy goat!

Congratulations to both teams for an incredible World Series and an epic game 7!

P.S. Cubs’ executive Theo Epstein was hired by the Cubs after he broke the curse of the Bambino for the Boston Red Sox earning them a long sought after World Series win. Another good guy to have on your team, especially if you might be cursed! 🙂

(Here is Major League Baseball’s highlight of the win. The commercial is theirs not HTE’s)

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