Holy Cow! The Chicago Cubs Are 2016 World Series Champions!

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I have to apologize to my friends, my family and to my co-workers. Yet, I’m dedicating this win to them at the same time because they have endured the same heartache, pain and suffering as every Chicago Cubs fan that’s ever lived, breathed and experienced the tumultuous relationship that Cubs fans have had with their beloved North Siders. To my wife, I love you. It’s been an amazing ride.

Now that it’s done with;

The Chicago Cubs are 2016 World Series Champions!

In what will go down as one of the greatest Game 7 World Series ever played and in true Chicago Cubs way, an 8-7 victory was almost lost and kept fans on their feet until the wee hours of the morning. There’s no point in questioning Joe Maddon’s decision to pull Kyle Hendricks in the 5th inning now. What’s the use in crying about inserting a tired, beaten and used up Aroldis Chapman with four outs to go. No, there’s no use arguing the manager of the Cubs.

“When I pitch this much, especially this many days in a row, that’s what happens to me,” Chapman said through Cubs interpreter Matthew Moreno. “My velocity always goes down.”

You see, I still believe that Kyle Hendricks could have pitched another inning and have put this Cubs fan to bed much earlier than the 1pm clock striking warning that occurred. For me, it was David Ross’s home run that was the high point of the night. Gramps Rossy delivered in his final game of his career and made his teammates believe. His home run was a tribute to Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, the two tried and true North Siders that never wavered, never faltered in their undying loyalty to these Cubs that tested their faith and yet, in their lifetime never saw a championship. You believed. Harry Carey, Holy Cow!!!!

“It was like a heavyweight fight, man,” said Ben Zobrist, who was named World Series MVP. “Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up either, and I can’t believe we’re finally standing, after 108 years, finally able to hoist the trophy.”

It doesn’t matter that some of the players won’t be returning in the spring. Their paycheques will be stamped with services rendered and they’ll move on. However, that warm November night in 2016 will be etched in their memories for years to come. This is the reason they chose baseball as their profession. An end to a supposed curse. A reason to believe, and a dream to come true.

Thank you Chicago Cubs, for making this fan believe in the impossible. Thank you Cubs for keeping me up well past my bedtime. Thank you for making me write over 1000 posts. I will be talking about The Game for days to come but for now, enjoy it.

“I’m just so happy for Cubs fans over the last 108 years, generations, some still here, some not. They were all here tonight. Everybody who’s ever put on a Cub uniform, this is for you. It took a group of unbelievable men, connected with each other, never quitting. Everyone’s prone to hyperbole, but tonight, it was kind of epic, right? It was the way it had to happen.” Cubs President Theo Epstein.

Let’s do it again 2017. Let’s play two,

Believe it

 

4 comments

  1. A. G. · November 4, 2016

    I knew the cubs were going to win ws cause before and during the year started that’s all you heard about. I told my wife I’ll guarantee the cubs will win ws and they did. Soon as they made playoffs I knew it was to series next and then champion. To put this in a nutshell, pro sports are fixed, they know who going to win before season starts and all you have to do is listen to what team gets the most talk and most praise and that’s your champion and this year it was the cubs. Wonder who they’ll talk about next year. That talk will tell you who the champs will be

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    • Mark Gauthier · November 4, 2016

      I’m not sure pro sports are fixed. Perhaps some of it is, but this year’s World Series was one of the most exciting series ever. It could have gone either way and still been a classic. Down three games is no easy task. Good things ahead for baseball.

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  2. mcneilljared · November 5, 2016

    Well said. This team will never be forgotten. Other Cubs teams may come through with more titles, but this team broke through.

    Unfortunately, I had to work the night of Game 7, but I got to build the front page of my hometown newspaper celebrating this historic win. A tremendous thrill.

    Here’s my story: https://jaredmcneillblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/world-champion-cubs/

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  3. Champs Only · November 15, 2016

    That was a nail-biter of a victory, wasn’t it?! Their team spirit brought them all up! After those countless losses over the years, we thought we’d be adding another year to it. Finally! The gods had been listening all along, they planned to make us wait to make it this iconic! Good job Cubs! Till the next game!

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