“This is gonna be a tough play, Bryant, the Cubs, win the World Series!” Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was one of the greatest baseball games ever played. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in a game that featured a hot start, a comeback, social media madness and a broken curse.
Cubs lead off hitter Dexter Fowler got his team on the board first with a solo home run that just barely cleared the center field wall. The Indians responded in the bottom of the third when Carlos Santana singled in Coco Crisp to tie the game 1-1. The Cubs then seized control of the game over the next two innings scoring four runs including a Javier Baez solo home run in the fifth. The Indians closed the gap in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs off of a wild pitch. However, David Ross answered for the Cubs, blasting Chicago’s third solo home run of the game extending his team’s lead to 6-3. In the bottom of the eighth, things got a little crazy. The Cubs brought in their flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to finish off the game and the series, but the Indians had other ideas. After a leadoff walk, Brandon Guyer doubled to bring in José Ramirez and Rajai Davis belted a two-run-homer to tie the game. Both teams failed to score in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
In between the ninth and tenth innings, the umpires called for the tarp to be brought onto the field. After a 15 minute rain delay, the game resumed. In the top of the tenth, World Series MVP Ben Zobrist knocked in the go-ahead run on a double down the left-field line. Miguel Montero then singled in Zobrist to give the Cubs an 8-6 lead. Cleveland made it interesting, but the Cubs held on to win game seven 8-7. The win gave the Cubs their first World Series victory since 1908. The “curse of the billy goat” has been lifted, and Cubs fans everywhere can celebrate. Ironically enough, the Indians now hold the longest active championship drought in baseball at 68 years.