Eleven nights ago, it was nirvana for Cubs fans everywhere.
Imagine how they might be feeling now?
Here’s a sentence I never thought I would say in my lifetime: the Chicago Cubs are the World Champions of baseball, beating Cleveland in seven games to take the crown for 2016, their first crown since 1908, ending one of the longest streaks in the history of pro sports, at least on our continent. The deciding game was a furious piece of business (as I once saw Howard Cosell say), with the Cubs leading most of the way, the Indians rallying to tie the game in the 8th at 6-6. After a scoreless ninth inning, the Cubs scored twice in the 10th frame for an 8-6 lead, but the Indians came back to get a run, but could score no more.
I have a feeling both teams will be back in the hunt in 2017 and for a few seasons to come. Congratulations to Joe Maddon, the one time Rays skipper, in joining the echelon of champion managers. Former Ray Ben Zobrist (who got the hit to put the Cubs up for good) is a champion a second straight year, having been on the championship Kansas City Royals squad last season.
A pretty good season, wasn’t it? We put the baseball world back on the shelf until Spring Training and the World Baseball Classic in March. Have to think 2016’s season and it’s dream ending for Cubs fans will be hard to top.