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World Series 2016: Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians in Game 7
From Curse of the Bambino to the Billy Goat Curse, he ended another jinx.
After defeating San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Chicago became the first team to earn a title by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
While Cubs fans hugged with delight, there was only despair for the Indians, who now have gone longer than anyone without a crown.
Dexter Fowler homered on Corey Kluber’s fourth pitch of the game, 23-year-old Javier Baez and 39-year-old David Ross also went deep for the Cubs, who led 5-1 in the fifth inning and 6-3 in the eighth.
Chapman wound up with the win and Montgomery got one out for his first save in the majors.
Bryan Shaw, who gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber in the 10th, took the loss.
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It was just the fourth time that a Game 7 went to extra innings, and the rain delayed play until 12:11 a.m. in a still-packed ballpark.
Albert Almora Jr. pinch-running for Schwarber, alertly took second on Bryant’s long fly to center. Rizzo was intentionally walked and Zobrist slapped an opposite-field double past a diving third baseman Jose Ramirez. Montero singled to make it a two-run lead.
Then in the bottom half, Carl Edwards Jr. struck out Mike Napoli, Ramirez grounded out, Brandon Guyer walked and Davis hit an RBI single. Montgomery took over, and helped set off a wild celebration on Chicago’s North Side.
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Jim Rose interviews Mike Montgomery after he closes Game 7 to win the World Series.
Cubs jumped on each other between the mound and second base, and their fans in the stands kept cheering.
Twenty-one other teams had won the World Series since Cubs last were champions. They reached the top again on the 39,466th day after Orval Overall’s three-hit shutout won the 1908 finale at Detroit in a game that took 1:24. At the time, Theodore Roosevelt was president, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states, and the first Ford Model T car was two weeks old.
The Cubs were last champions when Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance won consecutive titles in 1907-08, until now the only ones in team history. The Cubbies had not even reached the Series since 1945.
This one was for Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, who never reached the postseason.
For Gabby Hartnett, Ryne Sandberg and Greg Maddux, whose October runs fell short.
For Lee Elia and the “nickle-dime people” who spent so many wind-swept afternoons in the Friendly Confines watching loss after loss.
For Bill Veeck, who planted ivy vines against Wrigley Field’s outfield walls.
For William Sianis, the Billy Goat Tavern owner said to have proclaimed when he was asked to leave Wrigley with his pet during the ’45 Series: “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”
For Steve Bartman, whose life was upended when he tried to catch a foul ball as the Cubs came apart in the 2003 playoffs.
And for Harry Caray, who promised viewers after the 1991 finale that “sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series.”
Maddon, hired before the 2015 season, won his first Series title after establishing a loose clubhouse that featured at times Warren the pink flamingo, Simon the magician and the motto: “Try not to suck.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement, saying:
“From Opening Day in April to a historic November night, the Cubs championship season united the city of Chicago and fans around the world behind this incredible team. The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series is about more than a game, more than a team, and more than a sport. It is about the families who have passed down a love for the Cubs from mothers and fathers to their sons and daughters, and from grandparents to grandchildren. It is about generations who have come together around radios, televisions, and within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to root for the home team and share triumphs and defeats. Cubs fans have never given up hope that this day was possible, and this young team made it happen. Congratulations to the Ricketts family, Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, and the players, staff, and fans who together broke the longest drought in professional sports and made history this year. Go Cubs go!”
Cubs fans give Wrigleyville cops high-fives after World Series win
Police saturated Wrigleyville, taking up positions along Clark Street and on circular perimeters that ripple out from an empty Wrigley Field.
The rain kept crowds down early but as the game progressed and Cubs’ lead widened, fans began migrating in as if being called to baseball’s Mecca.
Although the atmosphere is festive, it began this way with previous sports championships. After each of the Bulls’ NBA titles, crimes were committed under the cover of celebration. Looters crashed West Side stores on midnight shopping sprees and arsonists set fires.
More recently, following the Blackhawks Stanley Cup title, revelers went overboard throwing bottles at police and vandals damaged Lincoln Park stores.
“We do have enough resources in place to mobilize city-wide if necessary,” said Richard Guidice, director of Chicago Office of Emergency Management.
Since the Bulls and Blackhawks began dynasty-building 25 years ago, each championship has been followed by some violence and police have refined their crowd control tactics.
Hundreds of uniformed officers boarded buses Wednesday afternoon and were taken to Wrigleyville to set a perimeter and checkpoints, backed by Illinois State Police that have an armored SWAT vehicle tucked away on a side street just in case.
Police sources also said a fleet of rented vans are also fueled up in case a quick deployment is needed in other parts of the city. Chicago budget officials said Major League Baseball is not paying for police overtime.
“We haven’t calculated any costs as of yet. We can wait and have that discussion after the World Series,” Guidice said.
GAME 6 AND 7 PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Cubs fans headed to Wigelyville and residents in the neighborhood should be aware of parking restrictions in effect around Wrigley Field.
No parking between Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon through Friday, Nov. 4 at 4 a.m.:
– Clark from Aldine to Irving Park
– Sheffield from Grace to Roscoe
– Addison from Halsted to Southport
– Racine from Clark to Roscoe
– Irving Park from Clark to Seminary
– Eddy from Clark to Racine
– Cornelia from Clark to Racine
– Newport from Clark to Racine
– Patterson from Clark to Racine
– Clifton from Waveland to Grace
– Seminary from Waveland to Grace
– Kenmore from Waveland to Grace
– Seminary from Newport to Eddy
– Cornelia from Wilton to Sheffield
– Grace from Wilton to Clark
– Waveland from Wilton to Racine
– Waveland from Wilton to Racine
Through Wednesday, Nov. 2, motorists and residents can also expect parking restrictions from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, on the following streets:
– Webster from Sheffield to Bissell
– Lincoln from Webster to Fullerton
– Division from State to Dearborn
– Hubbard from State to LaSalle
– Wells from North Avenue to Division
– Kinzie from State to Clark
The Associated Press contributed to this report.