My grandfather was a sometimes stern man who was not given to show melancholy. So it was of some notice that day in August of 1969 when he came through the kitchen door from work. He looked like he was about to cry (something I never saw him do). The Chicago Cubs had fallen out of first place for the first time since opening day. He lived and died with them, as did millions of other hapless Cubbie fans. He shook his head in dismay and spoke words I remember to this day:
“They wouldn’t be the Cubs if they didn’t break your heart.”
The ride was enjoyable all summer long and offered a welcome distraction from the unspeakable tragedy about to occur. Like many other fans I never really let go and allow my emotions to rule. Until last night. They started out quickly and by the 8th inning were ahead of Cleveland 6-3. Then the Indians scored 3 runs and suddenly it was tied. “Oh, here we go again,” I thought. Such a magnificent season was destined to end in heartache. After a short rain delay they pushed 2 runs across in the 10th inning and had to survive a desperate rally in the bottom of the frame to finally end the longest championship drought in American sports history, 8-7.
It was a season for the ages. Going 103-59 in the regular season before twice fighting back in the playoffs from a 3 games to 1 deficit in best-of-seven series to reach the summit. Generations of fans finally had their dreams fulfilled.
It’s been a very long day for me. Up all night, the papers from Chicago were two hours late getting here, and by the time I got home from breakfast with my kin I was completely spent. Up again after a hard nap, the full impact of this historic day has not yet been fully realized. I never thought I’d live to see it.
The 108 year wait is over! Chicago erupts as the Cubs win the World Series by one run after extra innings and a rain delay in epic five-hour Game Seven against the Cleveland Indians
They were crowned champions in the tenth inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7
The Cubs pulled through Game 7 after a nail-biting game that was tied in the eighth inning
Historic franchise capped off their unbelievable comeback on Wednesday night at Progressive Field
Bill Murray, LeBron James, John Cusack and Charlie Sheen were in the stands to watch the action unfold
Cubs last won the World Series in 1908 and the Indians in 1948 – the two longest droughts in MLB history
Cubs’ win means just as much for baseball as it does for Chicago
To say this World Series, and in particular this Game 7, qualified in that regard is like saying the city of Chicago partied a little bit late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.
In historic terms, this was a game for the ages, no matter how it played out. Incredibly, it lived up to that hype and more, starting with an atmosphere that was beyond electric, with Cubs’ fans crashing the Progressive Field party in staggering numbers, all the way to early-morning finish.
JOE MADDON CAME HERE AS MANAGER TWO YEARS AGO. HE PROMISED A CHAMPIONSHIP. HE DELIVERED.
White Sox fan President Obama congratulates Cubs on World Series win
WANNA BET HE’LL INVITE THE TEAM IN FOR A PHOTO-OP BEFORE HE GETS DRAGGED FROM THE WHITE HUT, SO HE CAN PRETEND HE’S NOT A WORTHLESS LOSER?