Two world wars, eighteen United States presidents, the Beatles, the radio, television, cell phones and the Internet.
These are just some of the things that have happened since the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series – until Wednesday night, that is.
After over one hundred years of painful losses and no World Series championships the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 and won the 2016 World Series on Wednesday night.
The stellar victory was highlighted by a gutsy start from young pitcher Kyle Hendricks and a stellar relief performance from starting pitcher Jon Lester. The Cubs got home runs from outfielder Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryan and David Ross. Thirty-nine year old backup catcher David Ross hit his home run in what is likely the final game of his long career. “Grandpa Rossy” as his teammates have come to affectionately call him became the oldest player to ever homer in game seven of the World Series.
The Cubs win was almost spoiled by a game tying home run from outfielder Rajai Davis off flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the eighth inning. Davis had not hit a home run since August 30, 2016.
In the top of the 10th inning, Ben Zobrist, a member of the 2015 World Series winning Kansas City Royals hit a double to drive home the winning run.
Though they have often been associated with heartbreak, failure and everything that makes being a sport fan difficult, the Cubs finally are bringing one home.