Many Cubs, even sports fans would have never have thought they would live to see this day, but it has happened, the Cubs are once again World Series Champions after 108 years. The Chicago Cubs were matched up against the American League champion Cleveland Indians, who have not won since 1948, which was the second longest drought in Major League Baseball only second to the Cubs.
Game 1 was taken by Cleveland, but then cancelled out in game 2, which the Cubs resiliently won. The Indians then took the next two games to lead the series 3-1. But the Cubs were not ready to end their season and continue this drought. They took Game 5 and Game 6 to bring the series to a very much anticipated Game 7. This was made out to be the most anticipated baseball game in history. Chicago Cubs fan Nick Crisp (‘18) claimed “I have never been so nervous in my life.”
By the end of the 6th inning, the Cubs had 6-3 lead. After a stalemate in the seventh, Rajai Davis of the Indians hit a home run to tie it up. After the ninth it was still tied at 6-6 which required extra innings. In between the 9th and 10th innings there was a rain delay. which Cubs player Kris Bryant said was “pivotal” (espn.com). The Cubs took the top of the 10th inning with a 8-6 lead. The Indians gave the Cubs a scare by scoring one run and with a man on base with two outs. Once the Cubs finally grabbed the third out, history was made.
Nick Crisp (‘18) said, “I had many emotions running through my body. I had no idea what to do it was easily the best moment of my life. I don’t know what will ever top that.” James Giles (‘20), who is not a fan of either team said, “Even I had goosebumps, it was something that you are always going to remember where you were when it happened. I don’t think anything like this will ever happen in sports.” We rarely ever see anticipated games live up to the hype but we see have seen it. Events like these help us realize why we love sports.