Chicago Cubs Capture First World Series Title Since 1908

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We can finally forget about the Curse of the Billy Goat.

And focus instead on a World Series that will go down as possibly the GOAT; that is, the Greatest of All-Time.

It went the full seven games. It pitted two long-suffering franchises against each other. And it resulted in the first Chicago Cubs world title since 1908.

Anthony Rizzo


And the team accomplished this feat in epic fashion:

It came back from a three games to one deficit, winning games six and seven on the road in Cleveland.

Moreover, it came out on top in Game 7 despite the Indians starting their ace, Corey Kluber, who had pitched to a 0.89 ERA in the World Series prior to Wednesday night's matchup.

But Major League ERA leader Kyle Hedricks was on the bump for Chicago and up to the task himself.

And so was Dexter Fowler, who became the first hitter to ever lead off a Game 7 with a home run.

Cleveland came back from deficits of 5-1 and 6-3, tying the game on an eighth inning round-tripper by Rajai Davis and benefitting from some bizarre Joe Maddon managerial decisions.

The game lasted 10 innings, survived a rain delay and concluded with a slow bouncer to third and an 8-7 Cubs victory. It was epic.

An excited crowd in Cleveland watched sadly as the opponents celebrated on their field, although at least they have the Cavaliers recent NBA title to keep them warm this winter.

The Cubs won 103 games in the regular season and were the overwhelming favorites heading into the playoffs, but baseball doesn't always reward the best team.

Especially over the past few years, it's seemed as though the team that simply got the hottest at the right time went on to claim the title.

Joe Maddon

But Chicago rode home runs from Anthony Rizzo in games five and six to battle back and tie the series, eventually ending what many viewed as a legitimate curse in historic fashion.

Go ahead and fly the W, Windy City. You've earned it.

After all these years of futility... after all these years of terrible teams and divisional races that were over by July ... and of being known as a collection of "Lovable Losers," you've earned this championship as much as any fan base in history.

We hope the champagne doesn't stop flowing in Chicago all week long.

Fly the W

Somewhere, Bill Murray can't stop smiling right now.

Somewhere else, Vince Vaughn can't stop pounding beers right now.

Somewhere high above us, Harry Caray can't stop screaming right now.

And, someone else, we sincerely hope, Steve Bartman is relaxed, stress-free and happy for the first time since 2003.

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs!

Now, you tell us, readers: Did the Cubs deserve to win the World Series?

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