Chicago Cubs Break Curse, Win World Series in Strangest Game 7 Ever

The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in a suspense-filled winner-take-all final game that ended a 108-year curse.

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Nov. 2, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Nov. 2, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. Elsa/Getty Images

It only took 108 years plus 10 action-packed innings and 4 hours and 45 heart-stopping minutes, which included a rain delay, for the Chicago Cubs to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, breaking the longest professional-sports curse.

According to ESPN, it was the first World Series game to feature a rain delay. It was only the fifth Game 7 winner-take-all game to go into extra innings. And the first game in which the winning team blew a lead in the eighth inning, only to come back and win.

This game was an emotional roller coaster of suspense and anguish and triumph (if you’re a Cubs fan). It was arguably the best final game ever played in professional sports.

Here’s what ESPN senior writer Jayson Stark said about all of the craziness:

It was a game in which the most unhittable pitchers of this postseason—first Corey Kluber, then Andrew Miller, then Aroldis Chapman—turned stunningly hittable.

It was a game featuring the first leadoff home run in World Series Game 7 history (by the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler).

It was a game that Chapman couldn’t save—but a man who had never saved a game in his big-league life (Mike Montgomery) could.

And it was a game in which the go-ahead run in extra innings was scored by a man (Albert Almora) who hadn’t scored a run in the entire postseason.

 It was a World Series finish that had all the drama of a Hollywood feature and was predicted some two years ago on the day the Cubs hired manager Joe Maddon.

So far, the world hasn’t ended, but if Trump wins … never mind.

Read more at ESPN.

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