Whether you’re a diehard baseball fans or someone who could really care less for the sport, no one could have possibly been left unamused by last night's Game 7 World Series spectacle. The matchup featured the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, two teams that were aiming to make history in what will be remembered as one of the greatest championship battles in modern baseball history. Prior to the game's outcome, both teams had endured a long time without a championship, the Indians for 68 seasons and the Cubs for an astoundingly heartbreaking 108-years. That over a century drought finally ended in an epic fashion last night.
After losing three of the first four games against the Indians, the Cubs were tasked with the nearly impossible task of winning three games in a row, two of which would be in Cleveland. After clawing victory from the jaws of defeat in Game 5 and 6, the stage was set for an epic final game, and epic it surely was. The Cubs started the game off on the right foot, getting an early 4-1 lead that was kicked off by a leadoff home run by Dexter Fowler. All in all, the Cubbies drove in six runs against two of the Indians’ best pitchers, their ace Corey Kluber and reliever Andrew Miller, both of which have only given up four runs together all postseason.
But the opposing team fought back tooth and nail to stay in the game, capitalizing on a wild pitch by Cubs pitcher Jon Lester that allowed two Indians to score, cutting the score to 5-3. From there, the Cubs 39-year-old catcher David Ross, who was playing in the last game of his career, hit a solo shot to make it a 6-3 game. After bringing in their powerhouse closer Aroldis Chapman into the seventh inning with a three run lead, the Cubs seemed poised for a major championship win, but the Indians would not go down without a fight. After cutting the lead to two, Indians veteran Rajai Davis belted a two-run homer off of Chapman, tying the game at 6-6.
This took the game into extra innings, but by the time the tenth inning came along, a suspenseful descended, leaving the umpire team no choice but to call a temporary rain delay. During this rain delay, the Cubs regrouped behind teammate Jason Heyward, who reminded teammates who far they’d gotten together and how close they were to winning it all.
20 minutes later, the game resumed, and the fired-up Cubs knocked in two clutch runs in the tenth inning, one by World Series MVP Ben Zobrist and another by Miguel Montero. This brought the Cubs three outs from winning it all, but again the Indians tried to claw back to level ground. Though they managed to trim their deficit to one run on a single by Rajai Davis, the Cubs relief pitching managed to make it out of the tenth inning with the lead after third baseman Kris Bryant fielded a grounder by Michael Martinez for the final out, giving the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years.
With about half of the crowd in Cleveland rooting for the Cubs, the post-game celebration felt as if the game was won in Chicago. The players were teary-eyed and exuberant, knowing damn well that they just made baseball history in one of the most epic World Series matchups of all time. The streets of Chicago were lit as well, as car horns, chants, and laughter raged on throughout the night. The outcome was the perfect remedy to a dismal 2016 that has been filled with saddening celebrity deaths and the most unpopular election in modern US history. It’s only fitting that the Cubs break their 108-year drought in the most uncharacteristic year in modern history.
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