The curse of the billy goat is over.
It took 10 exhausting innings and nearly 5 exhilarating hours. But when it finally ended at 12:47 am, the scoreboard read: Cubs 8, Indians 7. It was just the fifth winner-take-all world series game 7 ever. It was only the fifth time a team has come back from a 3-1 game deficit in the world series and the first since the ’85 Royals. It was the first account of a game seven to feature a rain delay – a rain delay that helped save the world series for the Cubs, thanks to an inspirational speech by RF Jason Heyward in the clubhouse.
We will be dissecting this game for centuries, but without a doubt, the Chicago Cubs are champions of baseball after a grueling 108 year wait, the longest championship drought in all of sports.
With the most entertaining Game 7 in sports history, the Cubs are atop the baseball world once again and baseball fans shouldn’t want it any other way… even if you’re a Cardinals fan. The laughingstock of a 108 year old championship dry spell has been put to rest.
With the 5-3 play from Kris Bryant to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs were crowned champions. But this was not only a win for them but a win for fans who have waited 39,467 days and Cub greats Hack Wilson, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins and many more. Cub hats were and are being placed on gravestones thanks to Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon’s masterminds who helped bring this all together and make it a reality.
Admitted by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Colin Cowherd‘s show on FS1, “The Cubs winning the World Series would be really good for the business of baseball.”
“Of course, that was only part of the story. So much of winning this game, this World Series, was about the fans, the generations of Chicagoans, some long gone, who had waited and waited and waited for a championship.
If there was any doubt about how much it meant to them, you only had to see the thousands of Cubs’ fans who managed to buy their way in to Games 6 and 7. On Wednesday night, judging by the noise and the color blue interspersed with Indians’ red in the stands, they probably made up half of the total crowd.
That only seemed more certain when the game was over, Tribe fans left, and the ballpark was about half full of Cubs’ fans, standing, cheering, singing in the rain, ‘Go Cubs Go’ long after the game was over.” – NY Daily News
Not only was watching the Cubs win the World Series awesome, but watching fundamental, well-managed baseball makes it all the better. Seeing first hand the young careers of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo kick start and the likes of one of the greatest pitching rotations is amazing.