CLEVELAND — After a 108-year wait for a World Series championship, the Cubs needed to wait only a little 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 at 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, man,” said Zobrist, who was named World Series MVP. “Only blow for blow, everyone playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up either, and I can not believe we are finally standing, after 108 decades, finally able to hoist the trophy.”
Game 7 of a string in almost any sport is important, but that was a baseball match to Cubs fans. This win ended over a century of frustration as the Cubs won their first championship ending the longest drought in sports. This was for Ernie and Ronnie and Billy and a Lot More.
“It is really great for our whole Cub-dom to get beyond that instant and continue to move forward,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said,”because now, dependent on the young players we have in this organization, we have an opportunity to be great for a long time, and with no constraints, without any of the negative dialogue.”
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 to Rajai Davis’ two-run homer.
The Cubs would be the first team to come back from a three-games-to-one deficit and win Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pirates.
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