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. They beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller in the Ohio city. The game did not end until early Thursday.
 
The Cubs and their fans 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 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. That's when the Indians' 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. The Cubs also became the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
 
"This is an epic game. It's epic. I can't believe we were able to do it - 108 years in the making," Zobrist said. "We did it."
 
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. 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.
 
The Cubs had not even reached the Series since 1945.
 
"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 (128)
  • jaylaw-ric
    11/07/2016 - 11:42 a.m.

    I think that baseball games ar4e delayed because when it rains because it is not a grass field when you are pitching,hitting,running it is sand and it will be hard to run if it is all wet and sticky. Football is different because it is grass and it isn't really that muddy it is just wet and they have cleats on so they don't fall as much. That is why games are delayed depending on the ground they are standing on.

  • tarenr-ric
    11/07/2016 - 11:44 a.m.

    Baseball games are delayed by rain because baseball and football fields are different. Baseball fields have the dirt where the players run across the bases and that can turn to mud, where as a football field, it's just all dirt and grass. Also, if the baseball gets wet, or the bat, it can slip out of someone's hand and if you have the ball slip it might not go where the pitcher wants it or if you have the bat slip it can fly up and hit someone. Also if you hit the ball as it's wet, it could slip and fly up and hit someone. It would be more dangerous to continue playing while it's raining for a baseball game as a football game, all you have is a ball and it's easier to continue playing.

  • briannap1-ric
    11/07/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    The reason why baseball games are delayed by rain and football games aren't is because of the number of innings. The rain can be some sort of a distraction, and could put the players behind. This could be a setback for the game and may not be accurate depending on the weather conditions. Football games aren't affected by the rain because they have quarters instead of innings, and wetness does not really have anything to do with throwing or catching the ball.

  • avar1-ric
    11/07/2016 - 11:48 a.m.

    Baseball games are delayed by rain, but football games are not because in baseball the ground is basically sand, and or mud. Football is not delayed during rain because they are running in grass and running in grass while its raining can be tricky but they are used to running in anything. Also the baseball games have a diamond that is made out of white powder, and that could wash away, and or you have to play with a diamond shape to run to the bases. The text provides, "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."

  • tiaj-ric
    11/07/2016 - 11:49 a.m.

    "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." Baseball games are delayed by rain because the players uniforms are made differently than the football players uniforms are. The baseball players are wearing more regular uniforms than the layered ones the football players do. If the clothes get it wet or even soaked, the will get heavy and that makes it harder to run and play the sport they way they were trained to. The football players have the extra layers and the protective helmet when they play their sport. They only stop football games if they see lightning.

  • zanderh5-par
    11/07/2016 - 12:07 p.m.

    Baseball games are delayed by rain, but football games are not because when I play baseball it is dangerous. The bases get slippery, and people can get electrocuted. A worker at Dominoes told me when he played baseball him, the second baseman, and third baseman all got struck by lightning. In football it's not dangerous because they are wearing pads, so if they slip they won't get hurt. A small baseball traveling 100 mph is hard to see and if the wind is fast enough, the baseball can change direction and hit the batter.

  • holdenj-orv
    11/07/2016 - 12:33 p.m.

    The Last Time the Indians were in a World Series{Until Now} was 1997.

  • ahnad-orv
    11/07/2016 - 12:33 p.m.

    that was a great game. It was very exiting to be able to witness history especially after growing up a cubs fan. The cubs were very long over due for a world series win.

  • kimd-stu
    11/07/2016 - 12:49 p.m.

    I can't believe that it has been

  • kimd-stu
    11/07/2016 - 12:51 p.m.

    i can't believe that it has been 108 year since they've been in the world series.

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