The 108-Year Old Wait Is Over People. The Chicago Cubs Are World Champions!
After beating the Cleveland Indians in Game 7, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series, ending a run of heartbreak and disappointment dating back to 1908.
The 2016 World Series will go down in the history books as the year the Chicago Cubs, against all odds, ended a 108-year championship drought. Game 7 was full of ups and downs for the Cubs, who had to muster a lot of grit to overcome the high-flying Indians, but once that ball settled into Anthony Rizzo’s hand, it was all over: The Cubs were once again champions.
“We’re world champions,” Rizzo said in the visitors’ clubhouse after embracing actor Bill Murray, who was there to celebrate the win. “The Chicago Cubs are world champions. Let that sink in.” Thousands of fans stayed after the final whistle to celebrate and soak in the atmosphere. It was a game unlike any other – a game that no one wanted to end.
Hours after Rizzo held the ball up for the final out you could hear fans chanting ‘Go Cubs Go’. “Now I can die in peace,” one fan wrote on a sign. And we can’t help but feel for Cubs fans, who had been tortured with memories of monumental collapses. But talks of curses, black cats, Billy Goats and the now infamous Steve Bartman can finally end, thanks to an emphatic display, which will go a long way in helping fans forget the spectacular collapse of 1969, 1984 and 2003.
“If you want to believe in that kind of stuff, it’s going to hold you back for a long time,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. “I love tradition. I think tradition is worth time mentally, and tradition is worth being upheld. But curses and superstitions are not.”
“It’s going to hurt,” Indians Manager Terry Francona, who was impressed by both teams, said. “It hurts because we care, but they need to walk with their head held high because they left nothing on the field. And that’s all the things we ever ask them to do. They tried until there was nothing left.”