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The Curse Is Broken

Morgan Vogels, Sports Editor

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“Go Cubs Go” is what the nation was chanting. Whether you are a Cubs fan or not, you couldn’t help but watch the miraculous event that took place that Wednesday night. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you probably live under a rock.

The Chicago Cubs did the unthinkable. They broke a 100 year plus curse by winning the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Not only did they win the World Series, but they did this despite being down 3-1 in the series.

The Indians led the entire series and the Cubs found themselves with their backs against the wall. In order to win the World Series, they would have to win three straight games. The last time a team came back from a 3-1 deficit to win a World Series was in 1985. The Cubs were looking to make history.

They started this comeback journey with game 5 of the World Series. They battled with the Indians in a dogfight that led to a Cub’s victory. With this win, the Cubs took the series back to Cleveland, still trailing 3-2 in the series.

With the series back in Cleveland, the Indians looked to capture their first World Series win at home since 1948. The Cubs looked to upset the Indians and force a game 7. That’s exactly what happened. The Cubs led the entire game. They scored three runs in the first inning, and just kept piling on runs. The Cubs would go on to win 9-3, forcing a game 7.

The World Series would be settled on the diamond in a monumental game seven matchup. It was arguably the greatest World Series and baseball game ever played. It was a winner takes all game that would determine which long time drought would end. The Cubs struck first with a lead off homerun by Dexter Fowler. The Indians would tie it up early in the ballgame. As the game continued, Cubs continued to add runs and led the whole game. As the eighth inning began, it looked as if Cubs would come away with a victory.

However, Cleveland was not ready to give up. After a double led to an RBI, the deficit was cut to 6-4, with Cubs still on top. Then, the unthinkable occurred. Rajai Davis hit a two run home run that tied the game. Going into the ninth inning, the game was tied, with momentum completely shifting to the Indians. Neither team scored in the ninth inning, forcing it into extra innings.

If this game wasn’t already crazy enough, another twist came into play. Rain started to pour, which led to a rain delay. The delay only lasted about twenty minutes, but that’s all the Cubs needed. They took the time to gather themselves and prepare for whatever obstacles would come their way. Heading into the top of the tenth, the momentum definitely shifted. Hit after hit led the Cubs to scoring two runs. To the bottom of the tenth we go. It was the Indians’ last chance. After two quick outs, the Indians finally strung a few hits together. They went on to score one run, cutting the deficit to one.

This is where the fairytale season would end for the Indians. After a chopper was hit to third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs recorded their final out. Bryant smiled while fielding the ball, realizing they had ended the Cubs curse.

With this, they won the game 8-7 in extra innings, and capitalized a miraculous season with a World Series victory. The Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, breaking the 100 year plus curse.

Congrats to the Cubs on this amazing accomplishment and congrats to the Indians on a fabulous season. All in all, baseball will never be the same after this season, and I can’t wait until next year.

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