CLEVELAND — After a 108-year wait for a World Series championship, the Cubs had to wait only a bit longer and the brief rain delay came at exactly the ideal time to get Jason Heyward to provide the players a pep talk.
A 17-minute delay followed the ninth inning, then Ben Zobrist smacked a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run 10th that lifted the Cubs into an 8-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night in Game 7.
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“It was like a heavyweight fight, guy,” said Zobrist, who had been named World Series MVP. “Only blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up either, and I can not believe we are finally standing, after 108 decades, eventually able to hoist the trophy”
Game 7 of a string in almost any game is significant, but that was a baseball match to Cubs fans. This win ended more than a century of frustration since the Cubs won their first championship since 1908, ending the longest drought in sports. This was for Ernie and Ronnie and Billy and many more.
“It is really great for our entire Cub-dom to get beyond that moment and continue to proceed,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said,”because today, dependent on the young players we have in this business, we have an opportunity to be great for a long time, and without any limitations, without any of the negative dialog.”
Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross each homered, and the Cubs had leads of 5-1 and 6-3, but the Indians rallied against Aroldis Chapman from the eighth, tying the match at 6 on Rajai Davis’ two-run homer.
The Cubs are the first team to return from a three-games-to-one shortage and win Games 6 and 7 on the road as the 1979 Pirates.
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