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On This Day in 2016: The Chicago Cubs win the World Series!

7 months agoKyle Millinowisch

Five years ago, the Cubs embarked on a historic journey that will go down as one of the most impactful seasons in professional sports.

Throughout 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from the incredible 2016 campaign.

Next up: World Series Game 7 – The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series!!

It’s been five years to the day since the greatest game ever played took place in Cleveland and it still feels like all of Game 7 was scripted for a movie.

Dexter Fowler leads off with a home run. David Ross homers off Andrew Miller in his final game. Rajai Davis’ game-tying home run in the 8th. Kyle Schwarber having three hits in Game 7 barely six months after tearing his ACL. So much happened in Game 7, it truly was a heavyweight fight.

It was a clash between two, long-suffering franchises where, at the end of the night, one was going to be in ultimate joy and the other in complete devastation.

We all know how the game went: the Cubs were up 5-1. Then 5-3. Then 6-3. Then they were four outs away, up 3 runs with no runners on. Then, within the span of 3 batters, the Cubs saw their win expectancy freefall from 95% to 45%.

Out of nowhere it was a tie game heading into the 9th inning of Game 7. If a fan of either team told you they weren’t nervous, they were lying to you.

The Cubs had a runner on 3rd with one out in the 9th inning but couldn’t push the run across. Aroldis Chapman regathered himself and pitched a gutsy bottom of the 9th to send the game into extra innings.

Enter the rain.

Each team waited decades for the chance to see their team raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, so what was 17 more minutes, right?

Whatever momentum Cleveland had from the Davis game-tying home run, the Cubs used the rain delay and quick start to the 10th to end it.

After a Schwarber single, Kris Bryant flew out to deep center and Albert Almora Jr. advanced to second. Cleveland intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo setting the stage for Ben Zobrist. He slapped a 98-MPH heater with 2-strikes down the left field line to put the Cubs ahead. Miguel Montero added an RBI-single to give the Cubs an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom half of the 10th.

After two quick outs, Carl Edwards Jr. walked Brandon Guyer which left Rajai Davis as the tying run. After Guyer stole second, Davis ripped a single up the middle to make it a 1-run game. You didn’t think there wasn’t going be more drama, did you?

Joe Maddon brought in Mike Montgomery to face Michael Martínez, who was a defensive replacement for Coco Crisp the inning prior. Montgomery threw a first pitch curveball for a strike. He followed that with another curveball which Martinez put in play…

“This is going to be a tough play, Bryant, the Cubs win the World Series!”

After the slightest panic with Kris Bryant’s back foot slipping, Cubs fans around the world rejoiced as Joe Buck called the final out.

After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs were World Series Champions.

Fun Facts

  • Both Dexter Fowler & Kyle Schwarber recorded 3 hits
  • Mike Montgomery recorded his 1st career save, regular season or postseason
  • The temperature at 1st pitch was 69º. At 8 PM ET tonight in Cleveland, it’s scheduled to be 45º
  • This was the Cubs 4th extra-innings postseason win in franchise history, and the first since NLCS Game 3 in 2003
  • This was the Cubs second career postseason win with the score being 8-7. The last one was ironically their last World Series win before 2016 (10/8/1945 vs. DET), which also went into extra innings

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