It happened! Cubs win ends World Series drought Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel/Charles Rex Arbogast)
It happened! Cubs win ends World Series drought
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Third baseman Kris Bryant started to smile even before he fielded the ball, and with his throw to first for the final out, the agonizing wait 'til next year was over at last.
 
For a legion of fans who waited a lifetime, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.
 
Ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration, the Cubs won their first title since 1908, outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller in the Ohio city early Thursday.
 
They even had to endure an extra-inning rain delay to end the drought.
 
"It happened, it happened. Chicago, it happened," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said after gloving the ball for the final out. "We did it. We're world champions. I tell ya, we're world champions. I can't believe it."
 
Rizzo put that final ball in his pocket as the Cubs piled up in the middle of the diamond, catcher David Ross got carried off the field by his teammates and comedian Bill Murray partied in the clubhouse.
 
Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a 6-3 lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run home run.
 
But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th.
 
Series MVP Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero singled home a run to make it 8-6. Davis delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery closed it out at 12:47 a.m., and the celebration was on.
 
Cubs' manager Joe Maddon's team halted the longest stretch without a title in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
 
"This is an epic game. I can't believe we were able to do it - 108 years in the making," Zobrist said.
 
Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but manager Terry Francona's club lost the last two games at home.
 
Zobrist got a Series-high 10 hits, a year after he helped the Royals win the championship. Zobrist was among the players brought to the Cubs by Theo Epstein, the baseball guru who added another crown to his collection. He also assembled the Red Sox team that broke Boston's 86-year drought by winning in 2004.
 
While Cubs fans hugged with delight, there was only despair for the Indians, who now have gone longer than anyone without a crown.
 
"It's going to hurt. It hurts because we care, but they need to walk with their head held high because they left nothing on the field," Francona said.
 
After defeating San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Chicago became the first team to earn a title by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
Twenty-one other teams had won the World Series since the Cubs last were champions, and they reached the top again on the 39,466th day after Orval Overall's three-hit shutout won the 1908 finale at Detroit in a game that took 1 hour, 24 minutes. This latest Game 7 lasted 4:24, not including the rain delay.
 
Back then, Theodore Roosevelt was president, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states and the first Ford Model T car was two weeks old.
 
"It was just an epic battle," Zobrist said. "Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up, either, and I can't believe we're finally standing, after 108 years, finally able to hoist the trophy."

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Why are baseball games delayed by rain, but football games are not?
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COMMENTS (9)
  • irisp-ste
    11/07/2016 - 09:10 a.m.

    The baseball games are likely delayed by the rain due to the weather conditions affecting the player's safety and playing abilities more than rain during football games. Bats, the baseball ball, and running from base to base can be harder to control during the rain for players in major league baseball.

  • jareds-cel
    11/07/2016 - 09:57 a.m.

    Baseball games are delayed by rain because it can effect the outcome of the game. For example, for a pitcher and it's raining outside it is very hard for the pitcher to grip the ball and throw a strike. Also for outfielders it can be hard trying to catch a fly ball because you're having to look up into the falling rain. For football players it doesn't affect anything because it will not affect their overall play like baseball players.

  • ravenh-bri
    11/07/2016 - 10:54 a.m.

    the baseball games are delyaed because if it is raining then it can mess them up and they cant play in the mud. but in football it doesnt matter as long as its not lighting.

  • damianv-bri
    11/07/2016 - 10:58 a.m.

    becuase it will be muddy and they cant play in that they just cant

  • peytonw-cel
    11/07/2016 - 11:13 a.m.

    It's more dangerous to play baseball in the rain than football. If a pitcher was pitching in the rain and the ball slips while throwing it, it could be bad for the batter. The batter might not see the ball if it's raining hard enough. Baseball in the rain could cause injuries. Football in the rain isn't as dangerous because the ball is bigger so the receiver can see the ball better, but if it's raining usually a football team will just run the ball.

  • kaileew-ste
    11/10/2016 - 08:56 a.m.

    The Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. The third baseman made the winning play. This whole thing was really close and really came down to the final game.

  • zakrym-ste
    11/11/2016 - 01:04 p.m.

    I cannot believe that this happened! It has been so long since the Cubs have been a winning team. They just won the World Series for the first time since 1908

  • mbrice-dav
    11/17/2016 - 08:49 p.m.

    In response to "Cubs win the world series," I agree that the Cubs won.One reason I agree is that the Cubs are a better team overall. Another reason is that their pitching was better. It says in the article that they ended their 108 year drought was ended.A third reason is that they have got a great team for next year minus their catcher. Even though I hate the Cubs, they deserve the win.

  • noahr-ste
    11/18/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    I think it is crazy that the cubs won for the first time since 1908. It was a crazy world series that came down to the final game. Teams now have to realize no 3-1 lead is safe in a series.

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