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Chicago Cubs win the World Series title after 108 years

robert leveille

Assistant Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Matt Slocum The Chicago Cubs celebrate making history and being the World Series Champions.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908.

 

Throughout the postseason, the Cubs faced some of the best teams in baseball. In the National League Divisional Series, the Cubs faced the San Francisco Giants and took the series in four games. During the NLCS, the Cubs faced a tougher task and showed signs of weakness against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers blanked the Cubs in back-to-back games. This was the first time a team was shut out back-to-back in the playoffs in Major League history. The Cubs bounced back and took the series in six games.

 

Cubs fans went into the World Series with optimism. Their team faced strong opponents, and some of the most dominant pitchers in the league, including Madison Bumgarner of the Giants and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.

 

The Cleveland Indians, however, had their own reasons to be optimistic. After sweeping the Red Sox in the American League Division Series and extinguishing the Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, the Indians became the hottest team in baseball. On paper, the Indians didn’t compare to the Cubs, but the Indians had the momentum and home field advantage.

 

In the World Series, home field advantage is determined by the league that won the MLB All Star Game. Over the summer, the American League won the All-Star Game, therefore giving the Indians the home field advantage.

 

Going into Cleveland, the Cubs were defeated in the first game with a score of 6-0. It would be the third time the Cubs were shut out during this year’s playoffs. The Cubs bounced back, taking game two with a score of 5-1.

 

Coming home to Chicago with the split, Cubs fans started grappling with the idea that their beloved Cubs would take it all; however, home field advantage turned out to be no advantage at all. The Cubs dropped the next two games to the Indians.

 

The Cubs were outscored 8-2 over games four and five. The Indians defense and pitching was proving to be dominant. Cubs fans couldn’t help but think that the curse was rearing its head again. The Cubs were down in the series 3-1 and the Indians had almost every opportunity to clinch the World Series title.

 

The Cubs came alive, taking game five in Chicago with a score of 3-2. Heading back to Cleveland, the Cubs felt they had the advantage with the designated hitter rule, which states that pitchers are replaced with an assigned hitter in the American League. In Chicago, the Cubs were without the bat of Kyle Schwarber, who later was cleared to bat in the upcoming game in Cleveland.

 

In game six, the Cubs’ play exploded. With Jake Arrieta’s pitching and the bat of Addison Russell, the Cubs would go on to win 9-3. With game six’s victory, the Cubs pulled even with the Indians and stole the series momentum, making the anticipating of a possible game seven win even higher than ever before.

 

Dexter Fowler opened game seven with a lead-off homer. The Indians struck back in the third, evening the score.

 

As the Cubs led 3-1 in the fourth inning, first baseman Anthony Rizzo looked for advice from veteran catcher David Ross, telling Ross that he couldn’t control himself and that he was an emotional wreck. Ross gave Rizzo the advice to breathe and that it was only going to get worse.

 

Manager John Maddon opted to pull Kyle Hendricks in favor of John Lester, forcing Cubs veteran catcher David Ross into the game. Ross, the inspirational leader of the Cubs, announced this would be his final season in the MLB. The Cubs catcher, not known for his offense, hit a home run for his first bat in the game. The Cubs then out-scored the Indians in the middle innings, making the score 5-2.

 

In the closing innings, the Cubs were narrowing in on their first World Series title in over a century.

 

It was the bottom of the 8th with just five outs to go when the Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman was brought in to close out the game and series. Cubs enthusiasts were brought to their knees as Rajai Davis blasted a two-run homer, tying the game 6-6. Davis’s homer was the first homerun given up by Chapman since mid- June, when Chapman was still with the New York Yankees.

 

Game seven would go into extra innings just as the weather rolled in, causing a 17-minute rain delay. In the top of the tenth inning, the Cubs scored two runs taking an 8-6 lead.

 

Carl Edwards Jr. was brought out to attempt to close out the Indians as the game was reaching its final moments. The 25-year-old Edwards was living the dream every young pitcher envisions: game seven of the World Series, up by one and on the mound with a save situation.

 

Edwards delivered the pitch to Indians batter Michael Martinez who hit it softly to Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant tossed the ball to first baseman Rizzo to record the final out of the 2016 Major League World Series and shatter a curse that reigned for over a century.

 

The Cubs can officially claim the title of World Series champions.

 

Addison Russell would take home the title Mr. November, known as Mr. October in years past. The award was given to Russell due to his grand slam in game six, becoming the fourth player in Major League history to record six RBIs in a single World Series game.

 

History was made when the Chicago Cubs finished out finished out their 2016 season as World Series champions.

 

Go Cubs Go!

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