The curse is lifted!
The Chicago Cubs have been named the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series winners after scoring a lead in the best-of-7 series, besting the Indians 8-7 on Wednesday night.
And, it was a really, really big deal.
It’s the first time the team has placed in the World Series since 1945, when they lost to the Detroit Tigers, and Wednesday marks the first time in 108 years that the Cubs have actually won a World Series.
The Indians started out strong with a 6-0 win in Game 1. But the teams went back and forth for the next five (Indians prevailing in Games 3 and 4 and Cubs taking Games 2 and 5), with Cubs pulling an incredible 9-3 victory in Game 6 leading into Wednesday’s final match-up.
Perhaps one of the most memorable plays came at the top of the sixth when beloved Cubs catcher David Ross hit a HR in the final game of his career. In February, he announced he would be retiring after 14 years in the major leagues, and what a way to close out a storied career! At 39, Ross a.k.a. “Grandpa Rossy” is the oldest player to homer in a World Series.
In addition to Ross, Dexter Fowler hit a home run in the first inning and Willson Contreras tacked on an R.B.I. double in the fourth.
The bottom of the eighth was a nail-biter for the Cubs after Indians’ Rajai Davis scored a two-run HR to tie the game 6-6. But it was Cubs’ second baseman Ben Zobrist with the go-ahead knock to lead Chicago 7-6 at the top of the tenth. Soon after, Miguel Montero’s RBI single gave the Cubs an 8-6 lead.
Loyal Cubs fans have long united over their team’s inability to garner a series win, even going so far as to nickname their team the “Lovable Losers.” They trace back the losing streak to the 1945 World Series when Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis was forced to leave Wrigley Field because of the stench of his pet goat. After the ouster, Sianis replied declared that “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!”
And for many years they didn’t — until Wednesday night.
The Indians put up a good fight, but it was about time for the Cubs to shatter the the Billy Goat Curse. It was all worth it for Brett Eldredge, who skipped the CMAs to cheer on his team at Progressive Field as well as Charlie Sheen who dressed as his Major League alter-ego Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn.
We’re betting Bill Murray is celebrating big tonight!