CLEVELAND — Following a 108-year wait for a World Series championship, the Cubs had to wait only a bit longer and the short rain delay came at exactly the right time for Jason Heyward to give 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 raised the Cubs into a 8-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night in Game 7.
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“It was just like a heavyweight fight, guy,” explained Zobrist, who had been named World Series MVP. “Only blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up , and I can not believe we’re finally status, after 108 decades, finally able to hoist the trophy.”
Game 7 of a series in any game is significant, but that was more than a baseball match to Cubs fans. This win ended over a century of frustration since the Cubs won their first championship ending the longest drought in sports. This was for Ernie and Ronnie and Billy and many 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, based on the young players we have in this organization, we have an chance to be great for a long time, and with no limitations, with no 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 come back from a three-games-to-one shortage and win Games 6 and 7 on the road as the 1979 Pirates.
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