The Wait is Over; A New Dynasty Has Begun
By Ted Fairfield
The hearts of every fan - Cubs and Indians alike - were stopped, broken, and melted throughout the whole World Series. But as the series came to a close on Wednesday, November 2nd, only one team emerged victorious: the Chicago Cubs.
The Series started at Progressive Field where the Cleveland Indians struck first leading 1-0. Following that game, the Cubs proceeded to win Game 2 in Cleveland with a 5-1 victory. This would be the last win for the Cubs until Game 5, as the Cubs went on to lose the next 2 games.
With the Cubs down 1-3 in the best of 7 series, they had to rally and win every single following game, which seemed nearly impossible considering that the Indians’ pitching appeared untouchable; pitchers like Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen had pitched nearly perfect games. But, the Chicago team was not going down without a fight.
The Cubs’ bats found the life they needed to win the next to games and force a Game 7 in Cleveland, and this highly anticipated game did not disappoint.
The Cubs had a lead early on in the game, with a lead-off homerun by Dexter Fowler followed by several other runs by the Cubs as they led 5-1 in the middle of the 5th inning. Later in the inning, manager of the Cubs, Joe Maddon, decided to substitute starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks with Jon Lester. Lester struggled with his command, and let in 2 runs on a wild pitch leading to a 5-3 lead.
Chicago recovered and scored one more run before the fateful 8th inning; this was the defining moment which would validated the Curse of the Billy Goat, that would ruined the Cubs franchise for years to come. However, this inning did not validate the Curse of the Billy Goat nor did it ruin the Cubs organization for years to come. It immortalized the Chicago Cubs as one of the greatest teams of all time.
The hard-throwing closer for Chicago, Aroldis Chapman, came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning to close it out. He instead allowed 1 run off a single and the game tying two-run homerun to Rajai Davis, crushing the hearts of Cubs fans across the world. This shift of momentum forced the Cubs to regain focus and play their best baseball.
The Cubs and Indians held in the 9th inning continuing to extra innings. With runners in the top of the tenth, Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist drove in a run to take the lead and catcher Miguel Montero added an insurance run to give the Cubs a 2 run lead going into the bottom half of the inning. Though this game was still far from over.
Once again, Rajai Davis, showed his offensive firepower, driving in another run to bring the Cubs lead back to one. As fans’ stomachs churned on both sides, the game came down to pitcher Mike Montgomery versus batter Michael Martinez. With the World Series on the line, Montgomery was able to force Martinez to ground out, and thereby end the World Series.
ESPN columnist and talk show host Stephen A. Smith described this game as “one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen.” The Cubs who had immortalized themselves winning the game will be remembered for years to come. The hundred-and-eight year drought is over, and the Cubs are the World Series Champions.