CLEVELAND - You've waited your whole life to see these words:
The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.
The Cubs are champions.
Let that soak in. For a long while.
The 108-year drought is over.
The moment millions upon millions of people dreamed about for their entire lives is here. It's actually here.
This is not a dream. You are not asleep.
It just took a little longer.
Well, maybe a LOT longer.
The Cubs were dealt one more blow of gut-wrenching misery when Rajai Davis deposited Aroldis Chapman's 97 mph fastball onto the Home Run Porch in left field to tie the game.
And then extra innings happened.
And then a 17-minute rain delay happened.
And then Kyle Schwarber happened. And Albert Almora Jr. And Ben Zobrist. And Miguel Montero.
The Cubs had a host of heroes in the top of the 10th inning as they battled for an 8-7 victory in an impossibly thrilling Game 7 that started Wednesday night and stretched into Thursday morning in Cleveland.
The Cubs pulled the rug out from underneath an Indians team that had built a 3-1 lead in the series.
After all the Cubs fanbase had been through, what a way to end it all: Rallying with their backs against the wall for a Game 7 victory.
Of course it had to be Game 7. Of course it went to extra innings.
Everybody had to know this wasn't going to be easy.
Screw narratives. The five-hour affair that took place at Progressive Field on Nov. 2 and 3 was the greatest baseball game ever played. Don't even try to argue that.
As Wrigleyville hosted the first World Series games on Chicago's North Side since 1945, the anxiety and tension was through the roof.
That pressure filtered onto the field, where the Cubs dropped the first two games, leaving fans depressed and bewildered Saturday night.
But by the time everybody recovered and woke up Sunday morning, the hope and positivity was back.
Fans came out in droves to write their wishful thoughts on the brick wall outside Wrigley and everybody watched as the Cubs held off the Indians in a pressure-packed 3-2 victory in Game 5.
That shifted all the pressure onto the Indians, and the Cubs took full advantage.
After a Game 6 throttling, Dexter Fowler got the party in Wrigleyville started early Wednesday night with a solo homer off Corey Kluber to start the game.
The Cubs built out a 5-1 lead before the fifth, but the Indians kept battling back, eventually evening the score in the eighth off Chapman.
After no scoring in the ninth, Kyle Schwarber started out the 10th after a rain delay with a single through the shift.
Almora Jr. pinch-ran for him and tagged up on Kris Bryant's fly ball to the wall in center. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked before Zobrist drilled a go-ahead double down the left-field line.
Montero later added the game-winning single through the drawn-in infield for insurance.
Rookie Carl Edwards Jr. recorded the first two outs in the ninth inning before surrendering a walk and an RBI single by Davis. Mike Montgomery came in to nail down the save by retiring Michael Martinez.
What a game.
What an ending.
What a season.
See you all at the parade in Chicago.
It's gonna be lit.
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