Chicago Cubs break curse at World Series

Baseball champions bring joy after 10 innings against Cleveland

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On November 11, 2016

Major league baseball ended its season with a historic win for the Chicago Cubs, ending their 108-year World Series drought.

The series was one that every little kid with a ball and glove in their backyard dreams about.

The Cubs lost game one to the Cleveland Indians, but recovered in game two.

Games three and four fell to the Indians, making the series 3-1 in favor of Cleveland.

The outlook looked grim for the Cubs.

They had to win the next three games consecutively in order to win.

Somehow, they managed to win games five and six.

Then the most beautiful, exhilarating, nerve-wrecking moment in all of baseball: World Series game seven. Winner takes all.

The game was a roller coaster. The Cubs started off the ride with a home run, creating a four run lead and before you knew it, the teams were tied in the bottom of the ninth.

The baseball gods were smiling down on us with the gift of extra innings. Nothing will ever compare to the thrill of extra innings.

Just one swing could determine who goes home a champion and who must turn their eyes to the next season in hope of a better outcome.

The 10th inning was a battle.

In the top of the inning, the Cubs managed to load the bases and bring in two runners making the score 8-6.

When it came time for the Indians to bat, they stepped up, fought and brought in a runner at 8-7 with two outs to go.

The Cubs needed to end the game fast.

Baseball fans everywhere watched with anticipation as the pitch flew to home, a ground ball.

The smile on Kris Bryant’s face as he threw the ball to first for the final out of the game will go down in the history books.

The curse of the Cubs has been broken.

I will never forget seeing the entire city of Chicago rejoicing for their team. Generations of families held each other in celebration.

For a moment, nothing else mattered, just the beautiful game of baseball and a group of men who dedicated their lives to playing it.

That is the beauty of the game.

Bart Giamatti said it best: "Baseball. It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again and it blossoms in summer, filling the afternoons and evenings and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it. Rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops."

For now, the season of baseball has ended, but the thrill of the game goes on.

We’re ready for you spring 2017. Bring it on.

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