The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in an extra innings World Series clinching Game Seven.
The Chicago Cubs franchise last won a World Series in 1908. That 108 years is the longest wait for any Major League Baseball franchise. Over that time, Cubs fans have believed they were cursed by black cats and billy goats. They have also seen incidents such as Cubs fan, Steve Bartman, keeping outfielder, Moises Alou, from catching an inning ending foul ball that likely would have sent them to the World Series. On Wednesday, The Cubs defeated the Indians by a score of eight to seven in a 10 inning game that ended on Thursday because of a rain delay in the extra innings.
“It happened. It happened. Chicago, it happened,” exclaimed Anthony Rizzo, who caught the final out at first base. “We did it. We’re world champions. I tell ya, we’re world champions. I can’t believe it.”
Rizzo reportedly kept the final ball and put it in his pocket as he joined the celebration. 39 year old catcher, David Ross, was carried off of the field in the final year of his career and it was all done in front of the Chicago fans that had been so hungry for a World Series win.
“We don’t need a plane to fly home,” said Cubs General Manager, Theo Epstein, who also ended the World Series drought for the Boston Red Sox franchise. “It’s fitting it’s got to be done with one of the best games of all time.”