On October 22, 2016, a date that will be long remembered in the annals of Chicago sports history, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first trip to the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 to win the National League championship series 4 games to 2, their first such crown since 1945. They will now face the Cleveland Indians to possibly win their first World Series since 1908.
In the top of the ninth inning, the gravity of the moment was hitting the fans amassed at Wrigley Field. You could see fans openly crying in the moments before the game-ending double play. No doubt they were wondering if what they were seeing was real, and not some mass event of common imagination, like minded people wanting to see the real thing, wondering if it was.
When the game ending double play took place, the audio from the FOX Sports One broadcast could not do the joyous moment justice. Fans singing “Go Cubs Go” when their adapted fight song blared were in full voice. Even comedian Bill Murray couldn’t help but weep as cameras trained their eyes on him.
A marvelous moment for the sports world and the city of Chicago. Maybe the Cubbies can rescue this rather regrettable year 2016 has turned into, at least for a little while.