Cubs win! Epic Game 7 takes everyone for a ride
The wait is over. The curse has been lifted. The Chicago Cubs are the World Series champions for the first time since 1908.
Last night, it didn’t matter if you were a Cubs fan, a Cleveland Indians fan, or a fan of neither – Game 7 was a nerve-wracking, heart-stopping show to remember. Just when you thought you knew which way it would go, these two teams surprised you. And then it went into extra innings. And then there was a rain delay. Clearly somebody didn’t want these teams’ losing streaks to end.
Chicago’s Dexter Fowler got things started with a powerful homer in the top of the first inning. The Indians tied it up in the third. It wasn’t until the fourth that the Cubs struck again, with two runs. Javier Baez hit a solo home run in the fifth to force Cleveland starting pitcher Corey Kluber out of the game.
Another run by Kris Bryant, thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s hit, had the Cubs up 5-1. It looked like the game was pretty much over. Or was it? In the same inning, the Indians scored twice to tighten up the game a bit.
Then David Ross came in. The 39-year-old, in his last game ever (he’s retiring after this season), hit a home run to push the Cubs’ lead to 6-3. It was a great moment for the veteran.
Disappointing Cubs fans everywhere, Aroldis Chapman gave up Chicago’s three-run lead in just two batters in the eighth inning. The game was tied, 6-6.
The ninth inning was scoreless, sending Game 7 into extra innings. (Was anyone really surprised that this was how it happened? I didn’t think so.) The 10th inning got started with run-scoring hits by Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero. 8-6.
Before the Indians had time to respond, however, the game was postponed 17 extra minutes due to rain. According to the Cubs, this allowed them to huddle and get their final-push strategy straight. Of course, the Indians weren’t going to cede the victory that easily. They scored once before Michael Martinez hit a grounder to third and was tagged out, ending the historic game.
As soon as Martinez was tagged out at first, the Cubs dugout erupted. The whole team mobbed each other in the middle of the field. Thousands of fans ran down to the dugout shouting for their Cubbies. Tears and champagne flowed. History was made.
Ben Zobrist, who drove in the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning, was named World Series MVP, a well-deserved honor.
Putting the Cubs’ win into perspective
The last time the Cubs won the World Series, the three other major sporting leagues – NFL, NBA, and NHL – were non-existent. Henry Ford had just produced his first Model T. The Wright brothers were trying to fly their plane. The radio was only a few years old.
There are 108 stitches on a baseball. It’s been 108 years since the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Coincidence? Yeah, probably – but it’s a cool fact.
The Cleveland Indians now have the longest title drought in MLB history, having last won the World Series in 1948. Next year?