Chicago Cubs Win World Series
The curse has finally been lifted. Through all the injuries, close calls, and extra innings, the Chicago Cubs have done something truly remarkable – they have won the 2016 World Series. It’s hard to believe that the last time the Cubs were able to achieve such a feat was all the way back in 1908. Even as they fell behind the Cleveland Indians 3 games to 1, the Cubs continued to fight, knowing it wasn’t over as they became the first team in franchise history to win back-to-back elimination games in a postseason series. While most had already counted them out, their fortitude, endurance, and grit seemed to carry them all the way to not only end their drought but become World Series Champions.
Going into Game 7, both teams had a tremendous amount of pressure on them. The Indians controlled the series from the beginning due to home field advantage, which led them to take the first game. But the Cubs weren’t about to give up that easy as they came back to win game 2 and bring the series to the coveted Wrigley Field. Even on the Cub’s field, Cleveland charged ahead with a comfortable 3-1 series lead. With needing just one more win, the Indians seemed to have it in the bag, but the Cubs eventually found a way to stay in the fight and forced a game 7 in Cleveland, Ohio.
It all came down to one last game, and both teams were eager to prove themselves, but as the innings began to wind down, the Cubs seemed to read every pitch being hurled at them. At the bottom of the 8th, Chicago had a commanding lead with 6 to 3. For the Indians, it was all but over until Rajai Davis stepped to the plate and ended up tying the game with a beautiful home run. With the pressure on, and pitchers running in short supply, both teams dug deep in the 9th, but couldn’t make a game-winning run as the rain pelted the field.
After a brief rain delay, both teams took the field once again, hoping to end the game and bring honor and glory to their city. Just like the previous 9 innings, the Cubs mustered the last bit of strength they had and was able to bring in two runs before the third out. Knowing the Cubs had been controlling the entire game, the Indians came out hungry for an upset and was able to gain one run, but in the end – it wasn’t enough as the final out came from 27-year-old first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. With the crowd erupting in both Chicago and Cleveland, Rizzo stuck the game-winning ball in his back pocket as he rushed towards the rest of his team.
From all over the world, millions of Cubs’ fans cried, cheered, and embraced one another as they remembered the years spent wondering if the curse was ever going to be broken. With many diehard fans having passed away without witnessing the Cubs taking the Fall Classic, one couldn’t help but feel the weight being hoisted off their shoulders as the team celebrated a historic win not just for themselves but for the generations of players and fans that came before them. Congratulations to the 2016 World Series Champions. The wait is finally over…