Written by Liz Charre, President
The season has officially concluded with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
It was a fight to get there as the Cubs were down 3-1 by the end of Saturday night leaving fans with the thought of this being the end. But, there was hope on Sunday night when the Cubs won the game sending it back to Cleveland to determine the winner. Saluting their fans for the final time this season, the Cubs took their hope and desperation to Cleveland where they managed to force a game 7 Tuesday night.
All eyes were going to be on Kyle Hendricks and Corey Kluber, who were named the two starting pitchers for the winner take all game Wednesday night. The game started off with Dexter Fowler leading off with a home-run to push the Cubs up first 1-0. Dexter Fowler made history because he is the first player in Major League History to hit a lead-off home run in game 7 of the World Series. From there it was all offense by the Cubs who managed to score three runs by the fourth inning knocking Corey Kluber off the mound. On the other side, Kyle Kendricks was on fire shutting down the Indians and only allowing one run.
In the 8th inning, the Indians were down to their final six outs of the ball game. When almost all hope was lost, the Indians managed to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at six-six. The game went on to the tenth inning where there was a halt in the game due to a rain delay. After that, the Cubs scored two runs in the top of the tenth to take the lead.
Ben Zobrist, the hero of the game, broke the tie by doubling to left and Montero followed with a single to left. It gave the Cubs two insurance runs to shut down the Indians but it came all the way down to the wire. Down to their final out, the Indians were able to score one run cutting the lead. With a runner at first, the game was on the line and it was up to Michael Martinez to pull through with a clutch hit.
Unfortunately, he hit a dribbler up to third. Kris Bryant was charging, made a clean throw to first and that was the ball-game. Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 and broke their drought at a World Series title.
Ecstatic Cubs fans cheered on their beloved team but Indians fans were shocked at what they just witnessed. “I have to give credit to the Indians organization, they fought to the very finished,” stated Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs, while holding the World Series trophy.
After the trophy ceremony, the Most Valuable Player award was given. Who else could have received it other than the hero of the night, Ben Zobrist, who hit the game-winning double to put the Cubs up on top to win the trophy? “This is a dream, I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” stated Zobrist during his press conference.
As the Cubs begin to celebrate in Chicago, we all can agree that this series had us at the edge of our seats. Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on an incredible run.