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A World Series that was 108 years in the making

No team, fan base or organization in professional sports has been shrouded in more heartbreak than the Lovable Losers themselves, the Chicago Cubs.

Until this year.

Following an 8-7 Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs were finally World Series champions in their first fall classic appearance since 1954.

The seventh game was one all fans of baseball will remember for years to come.

The Cubs looked to be on their way to glory after jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning off the back of an Anthony Rizzo RBI double.

However, following three back-and-forth innings, with the score sitting at 6-4 Chicago in the bottom of the eighth, Rajai Davis crushed a two-run homer to left field that put Progressive Field into a frenzy and sent the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, with the game still knotted at 6, eventual World Series MVP Ben Zobrist smacked an RBI double down the third-base line that put the Cubs ahead.

Miguel Montero would then tack onto the lead with an RBI single that gave Chicago a much needed two-run cushion.

In the bottom of the 10th, following a two-out RBI single from Rajai Davis to keep the Indians’ dreams alive, Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery successfully forced the final out on a ground ball to third baseman Kris Bryant, clinching the historic victory.

Just how long had it been since the Cubs won their last World Series title in 1908? World War I had not yet taken place. Television had yet to be invented. America only consisted of 46 states.

Following the once in a lifetime feat, the city of Chicago welcomed the team back with a championship parade to remember.

Five million Cubs fans packed the streets of Chicago, even dying the Chicago River blue on a day that will go down in the city’s history books.

As Cubs fans around the globe celebrated the end of their championship woes, the torch for longest World Series title drought was passed to none other than the team Chicago defeated, the Cleveland Indians.

With the city of Cleveland receiving its first professional sports title since 1962 courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, two championships in one year was too good to be true.

The Indians will continue their hunt for an elusive championship next season, which they have not won since 1948 despite appearing in four World Series since then.

But for the Cubs, the Northsiders, the newly coined Lovable Winners, or whatever you want to call them, they now have the opportunity to accomplish another feat they haven’t done since 1907 and 1908: win back-to-back World Series championships.

Adam Gorski is a junior at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

 

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