On Wednesday night the Chicago Cubs broke their infamous 108 year sports losing streak when they beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. This is the Cubs’ first Major League Baseball championship since 1908, effectively ending one of the most notorious title droughts in all of sports and one that has defined the Cubs and their fans for more than a century.
The Cubs ended their curse in fitting underdog style in Game 7 Wednesday night, coming back from a 3-1 deficit against Cleveland, which makes the Cubs just the sixth World Series team to accomplish the feat, and the first since the Kansas City Royals in 1985.
And what a Game 7 it was, with plenty of dramatic moments from the get-go. The Cubs survived a furious comeback and an extra-inning rain delay to knock off the Indians in 10 innings, 8-7.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cubs appeared to have the World Series in the bag. They led 6-3, Cubs’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman was on the mound, and he needed just four outs to seal the championship.
But then the Indians made a comeback, scoring three runs — including a two-run home run by Rajai Davis — to tie the game, 6-6. A scoreless ninth inning sent the game to extras innings, but a rain delay was called before the 10th inning began. The hiatus lasted just 17 minutes, but was a perfect addition to an already surreal baseball night.
When the tarp came off, the Cubs came back with a new vigor following their eighth-inning collapse. Ben Zobrist hit a double in the top of the 10th to wrestle the lead back for Chicago. Then Miguel Montero hit a single for an 8-6 Cubs advantage. which proved to be the difference, as the Indians got one back in the bottom of the 10th.
In the end, Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Montgomery got the final three outs. That final out ignited a celebration sure to reverberate across Cleveland, where the Cubs finished off their improbable series comeback from 3-1 down.
Finally, both the marathon Game 7 and the curse that haunted the Chicago Cubs for more than a century, were officially over.
The Cubs won 103 games this season and entered the playoffs as heavy favorites to win the World Series. After beating the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, the Cubs reached their first World Series since 1945.
Congratulations to the Cubs and to their fans. This World Series has been a long time coming, to say the least.