Thousands of eyes are glued to the pitcher dressed in a blue jersey and grey pants. He is one pitch away from a life changing play. Pitcher, Mike Montgomery of the Cubs has a count of no balls and one strike, two outs on the scoreboard one more pitch, a solid pitch down the middle, ground ball to left field. Kris Bryant, third baseman, comes in grabbing the ball and sending it to Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, making the catch, with the last out of the game. The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series! Echoes across the country, words that haven’t been said for 108 years.
The game was a chance for the world to see what this team is made of. The World Series is played best out of 7 and the Cubs and Cleveland Indians tied the series 3-3, automatically forcing a tiebreaker game seven.
“I had faith in the beginning, they would come back like the other Cleveland time in basketball,” said sophomore Kegean Hensley when the Indians gave up a 3-1 game lead. “Unfortunately that did not happen but there’s always next year.”
Game five was a close game, 3-2, with the Cubs winning by only one run. Scoring in the top of the 2nd inning, the Cleveland Indians took the lead 1-0. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Kris Bryant hit a solo home run tying up the game 1-1. Then Addison Russell hit a groundball to third base sending Anthony Rizzo home. David Ross hit a sac fly to left field that brought in Ben Zobrist. Francisco Lindor of the Indians hit a line drive to center field allowing Rajai Davis to score in the top of the 6th.
“But we’re all about writing our own history. This team is a special one, and we look at so many times throughout the year where we haven’t been playing good, but I feel like we turn that around,” third baseman Kris Bryant said after game five, looking to take the win of game six.
In game six, the Cubs dominated the Indians with a 9-3 victory. The first inning started with Bryant hitting a solo home run then Russell hit a two run double sending Rizzo and Zobrist home. The top of the third inning bases loaded, Russell stepped up to home plate, hitting a grand slam giving the Cubs a 7-0 lead. The Indians got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Mike Napoli with a base hit to center field that sent Jason Kipnis home. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Kipnis hit a solo home run. At the top of the ninth inning, Rizzo hit a two run homer increasing the Cubs lead to 9-2. Indians Roberto Perez hit a line drive to right field sending Brandon Guyer home. This forced game seven of the world series.
The Cubs, formerly known as the Chicago White Stockings, were first of eight team that started Major League Baseball. The team would go to win the National League Championships in 1876, 1880-82, 1885-86. The team held back to back World Series titles in 1907 and 1908. In 1945 the Cubs were scheduled to face the Detroit Tigers. William “Billy Goat” Sianis, a local business owner, wanted to bring his goat, Murphy, to the game to wish his team good luck. The usher at game four of the ‘45 World Series refused to let Sianis into the game with his animal. Sianis asked to talk to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley. Wrigley allowed Sianis in to the ballpark but not the goat.
“The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field,” said Sianis when he was told that Murphy wasn’t allowed in because he stank.
The Cubs then lost the game and were swept at home. Cubs wouldn’t win a title game for the next 20 years.
This year the Cubs had a number of curses put on them, all broken this year by winning the National League for the first time since 2003. This year the team had high standards, just like every team. The World Series is the ultimate goal of each season. This team didn’t give up until they had the trophy in their hands.
Game seven was when this team showed what they were made of. With a home run starting the game by Dexter Fowler, the Cubs took an early lead. In the third inning, Carlos Santana sent a line drive single to right field bringing Coco Crisp home. During the fourth inning, Russell hit a sacrifice fly bringing Bryant home and later Wilson Contreras doubled and brought in Zobrist, making the game 3-1 in the Cubs favor. Cubs Javier Baez hit a solo home run making up for the two errors that he had during the 4th inning. Then Rizzo hit a line drive to right field bringing home Bryant. In the 5th inning, Lindor, Santana and Kipnis scored on a wild pitch by Jon Lester. This pitch brought in three runs, shrinking the Cubs lead 5-3. In the bottom of the 5th inning David Ross, catcher, hit a shot homer to take a 6-3 lead. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Guyer doubled, the hit brought in Ramirez, pulling the Indians within only two runs. Davis steps up to the plate with a long ball to left field, a two run homer tying the game.
“That right there was some crazy stuff. I felt the whole time they were going to be down and pull it together around the eighth or ninth inning. When they hit that home run to tie it up, I thought it was a wrap,” said Hensley when his team, the Cleveland Indians, tied up game seven.
At the end of the ninth inning with a tied ball game at 6-6, rain delay is called, lasting about 15 minutes. The 10th inning starts with Zobrist hitting a grounder and scoring Albert Almora Jr., giving the Cubs the lead. Miguel Montero singled into left field bringing in Rizzo. By the bottom of the 10th, a two run ballgame again. Davis stepped up to the plate and singled to left field to bring Guyer home. The one run was the end for the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series 8-7.
“I was speechless when they won especially the way that they won. Staying up till 1:30 watching them win, that was pretty cool,” said junior Jordan Cox, a cubs fan for a few years.
This young team proved themselves not only with the National League title but also with the World Series.
“What a group of winners,” David Ross said about his teammates. “These guys never quit. They’ve answered every challenge all year long… It’s a good organization, I’m so happy for these guys and I’m just glad they took me on this journey.”