Chicago Cubs, Down 3-1, Rally to End 108-Year World Series Drought
By Andrés Tejeda
It is not a dream and it happened: the Chicago Cubs are the 2016 MLB World Series Champions.
The Cubs made history Nov. 2, 2016 at 11:44 p.m. with “Bryzzo” (Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo) making the final out to seal the fate of the Cubs and end the 108-year long curse. The Cubs’ last run to the playoffs was last year when they made it to the National League Championship Series and lost to the New York Mets Oct. 21, 2015.
“As a Cubs fan, and a baseball fan at that matter, we all want our team to win the World Series, but we also know how difficult that is,” said Harold Washington student and loyal Cubs fan Janitza Hernandez.
“Not to mention the Cubs had curses going against them, over 100-year World Series drought, and even called the ‘Lovable Losers.’ I wanted them to win but never expected it from such a young team. It’s incredible,” she said.
The Cubs won the World Series in 10 innings by a score of 8-7 beating the Cleveland Indians in a “Best of 7 Series.” The Cubs had a big lead by the 8th inning leading 6-3 before a game tying home run hit by Indians CF Rajai Davis with two outs in the inning. The Cubs came back in extra innings scoring two runs with the winning run brought in by Cubs backup catcher Miguel Montero.
Many Chicago White Sox fans supported the Cubs during their World Series run.
“I never thought the Cubs could actually win a World Series,” said White Sox fan Samantha Lopez.
“I really thought they were cursed. No joke,” she said.
“I didn’t support the Indians during the World Series, I was happy for the Cubs. I think they could do it again next year,” said Lopez.
The Cubs were down in the series behind Cleveland 3-1 in games won. The Cubs pulled off the first 3-1 come back in 30 years. The last teams to come back and win three games were the Kansas City Royals in 1985 to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
“Everyone was nervous about the 3-1 lead. I never doubted the Cubs because they have proven time and time again to come back when they are down. It was amazing to see them do it one more time this year, especially to prove all those who doubted them wrong,” said Hernandez.
The Cubs held a parade Friday, Nov. 4. An estimated 5 million people attended the rally and parade making it the largest human gathering in U.S. history and 7th largest in world history.
Photo: Thousands of Chicago residents flood the streets around Wrigley Field after the Chicago Cubs clinch their first World Series title since 1908.
Photo Credit: Andrés Tejeda