The curse has been lifted, Steve Bartman can live out the rest of his life in peace…the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions.
Chicago Cubs in 1908. ©ABC News 2016
The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7, in a thrilling, wild, dramatic 10-inning game, capturing its first championship since 1908.
“It was just an epic battle,” said World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. “I can’t believe, after 108 years, we’re finally able to hoist the trophy.”
This epic, extra inning game was a hard fought battle.
“It was like a heavyweight fight, man,” Zobrist said. “Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out.”
The Indians were down 6-3 in the bottom of the eight, but closer Aroldis Chapman, tied the game with an RBI double from Brand Guyer and a two-run bomb from Rajai Davis.
Cleveland had all the momentum, but then it the rain came, and the tarps were pulled out.
The 17-minute delay was what the Cubs needed to rally together. Chicago began to put in work as soon as they got back on the field.
Zobrist doubled down the third-base line off Indians reliever, Bryan Shaw, for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. Miguel Montero later singled, bringing in one more run.
Mike Montgomery sealed the win for the Cubs with the last out, a groundout by Michael Martinez, Cubs fans at Wringley Field and all of Chicago erupted in celebration.
“It could not have been a more entertaining, difficult series to win,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “You cannot be more entertained than you were over these last seven games. It’s incredible. Of course, I’m not saying that just because we won, but because it’s true.”
Chicago, you did it.