Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports

 

November 3, 2016 View email in browser
 

At last! 

This is not a dream. The Cubs are World Series champions, ending the most epic drought in sports history. But, it wasn’t easy (is it ever?). The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the 8th, then there was a brief rain delay before an 8-7 win in the 10th inning. “We never quit,” the Cubs collectively chanted before they sprayed celebratory champagne. Where does this win rank in Chicago sports lore? It’s not even close, writes David Haugh. Move over 1985 Bears, it’s all about the 2016 Cubs. An average of more than 3.2 million people in the Chicago market watched the game. Including, the First (White Sox) Fan, who then extended an invitation to the White House. If it’s still a blur, here’s how we got here. And here’s how to get your page of history. Holy cow.

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We love a parade

Got plans for Friday? Cubs do – a parade “to stand the test of time,” per Rahm Emanuel. Last night in Wrigleyville: Nerves, then super happy people.

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MVZ

Ben Zobrist, the man from Eureka, became a World Series champion for the 2nd time in 368 days. And this time, he added MVP to his resume. Also, Javy Baez went from nope to hope.

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Old man hits ball

A storybook ending for David Ross, who became the oldest player to hit homer in Game 7 of a World Series. Catching duties are all yours, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber.

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He’s got that going for him, which is nice

“I’ve been imagining this for a long time,” Bill Murray said after the Game 7 win. And after Theo Epstein sprayed him with champagne. Stephen Colbert also offered (pre-taped) kudos.

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Sorry not sorry

So who owns the longest World Series drought now? Oh, it’s the Indians. Sorry ’bout that. They were thisclose in Game 7, before two runs in the 10th by the Cubs.

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