Chicago Cubs Win Their First World Series in 108 Years

Chicago Cubs Win Their First World Series in 108 Years

The Cubs are World Series champions.

Let that sink in a moment and then go crazy, Chicago.

The Cubs ended 107 years of futility when they defeated the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Cleveland. It set off a raucous celebration on the field as the Cubs won their first title since 1908 but only after winning three consecutive games over the Indians to seal the deal.

After the Cubs coughed up a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning — highlighted by a two-run home run from Rajai Davis off closer Aroldis Chapman — and a 17-minute rain delay, Ben Zobrist knocked in the winning run in the 10th to give the Cubs the title.

Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross each hit home runs for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks started for the Cubs and allowed two runs—one earned—but got a no-decision after relievers Jon Lester and Chapman couldn’t hold off the Indians.

Despite his rough outing, Chapman got the victory while Carl Edwards, Jr. earned the save.

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Cubs fans exultant after nail-biting end to championship drought

Fireworks lit up the sky in both the city and suburbs, while school-aged children gathered on sidewalks long after bedtime to cheer honking cars.

Thousands poured into Wrigleyville, forcing street closures around the ball park and prompting CTA trains to bypass several stops in the area because of crowding.

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Cubs’ drought-ending World Series title has no peer in Chicago sports history

None of us will live long enough to see anything better, any moment packed with more meaning than the Cubs celebrating their first World Series since 1908. This is the view from the top of the sports world, the center of baseball utopia, a place where doubt and dread and devastation no longer reside, a place the World Series-winning Cubs and their loyal fans now occupy.
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At Old Crow, a Clark Street club, a fan weeps as the Cubs win the World Series Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

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