By: Kiersten Ehr
November 10, 2016.
Chicago Cubs fans will forever remember the date November 2, 2016.
Some fans may just make that a new holiday. For the first time since 1908 and having waited 108 years the Cubbies won the World Series. The cursed Chicago Cubs are no more as they absorb the victory of being world champions.
Until last Wednesday, the Cubs only two World Series championships were in 1907 and 1908. As a born and raised Cubs fan, I was used to the Cubs blowing every shot they had in the playoffs and during off season. All Cubs fans can agree that the amount of patience has finally paid off.
Long time Cubs fan Bill Murray said, “I’ve been imagining this for a long time. When the lions at the Art Institute start wearing Cubs hats or Bears helmets you know there’s some sort of magic happening in the city.”
“This is it. This was a long time coming. This is really great,” Murray said.
What some people don’t realize is that this is baseball history not only for the Cubs but for the entire major league baseball operations.
The Chicago Cubs were indeed the preseason favorites to win it all this season. The Cubs won 103 games to take the National League pennant. First the Cubs faced the San Fransisco Giants in the National League Division Series. Next on the Cubs check list was facing the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series to reach the World Series against the Cleveland Indians (Indians still have not won World Series since 1948). What made the World Series so memorable for sports fans was that the Cubs were down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against the Indians.
In order to win the World Series, Chicago had to win three straight games in a row. Slowly but surely Chicago pulled off an unforgettable 8-7 victory on the road in Cleveland in a five hour game with a 17 minute rain delay.
For as long as I shall live I will never forget the moment that Fox Sports Announcer Joe Buck said, ” The Cubs have finally won it all.”
My Story of being a Cubs fan
For me, I grew up as a native Texan Chicago Cubs fan thanks to my dad who raised me to watch them even when I was a baby. Being a Cubs fan involves having great deal of patience and faith in the team. Now that the Cubs have lifted the hated curse it’s very surreal to know that the Cubs are World Champions. On the night they won I drove back to my parents house from college to watch Game 7 with my dad and mom. The moment the Cubs got the third out to end the game in extra innings the three of us literally jumped up and down and hugged each other in tears of happiness.
There is nothing quite like the bond that sports can bring to families and friends. Witnessing history and following particular teams with people around you is one of the best experiences in life.
Earlier in my blog I mentioned that when it comes to being a sports fan, it does not matter what your religion, political affiliation is or what your beliefs are. All that matters is that sports has the ability to bring wide diverse groups of people together to enjoy a common interest.
Video that captured the game highlights of Game 7 where the Cubs won in the 1oth inning over the Indians. Courtesy of Inside Edition
Cubs Fans Reception of World Series Victory
* I asked some Cubs fans on my Facebook and Twitter of what the Cubs World Series win means to them.
CHICAGO CUBS POST-WIN CELEBRATIONS
It was estimated that 5 million people attended the Chicago Cubs parade and rally Friday November 4th, 2016 making it the 7th largest gathering in human history according to Fox 32 Chicago.
Video of the Chicago Cubs World Series Rally | Full Speeches| Courtesy of ABC NEWS on YouTube
Video of thousands of Cubs fans racing to the parade. Courtesy of CNN on YouTube
Saturday Night Live gets real with Cubs and Bill Murray singing ‘Go Cubs Go’
(Cubs in video: Anthony Rizzo, David Ross, Dexter Fowler) Video courtesy of SNL on YouTube
Video of Cubs on SNL that will make you laugh out loud! Courtesy of SNL on YouTube
I hope that in this blog post I was able to share the Cubs World Series experience with you through the text, pictures and videos. Always remember to have faith in your teams you support through ups and downs. This Cubs victory gives hope to the teams we thought were once a lost cause but… ANYTHING can HAPPEN if you just BELIEVE.