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    Posted 4 years ago

    rniederman
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    I can breathe now … and 108 years of waiting is over. The Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series!!! Harry Caray and Ernie Banks are smiling!

    But for me, it’s been since the mid-1960s and the emptiness and aching for a championship spanned decades. I think we despondent Cubs fans invented the saying “Wait Until Next Year.” And for a gut wrenching late game seven battle, it might have been a 109 year wait.

    I grew up on baseball as a Cubs fan; a kid watching the Cubs play on a small B&W TV in a cramped basement while eating hot dogs on a TV tray. Years later, visits to Wrigley field were exceptionally special when watching games on crisp sunny afternoons from the stadium’s famous bleachers.

    I predicted a seven game series but wasn’t prepared for a roller coaster Game 7. My enthusiasm brought my son and I to Game 3 (first game in Chicago) and, sadly, left shaking our heads over a home field loss. Anyhow, the Cubbies overcame a 'do-or-die' two game deficit and tied the series at three apiece. But could they win an odds defying 3rd game in a row to take it all as a visiting team?

    The Cubs started Game 7 strong and a growing lead made it look like the game was over in nine innings; but Cleveland didn't think so and came storming back with a run scoring double and two run homer. A 6-6 score went into extra innings and the Cubs dug deep and rallied for two runs. Cleveland responded with one of their own ... a heart pounding one run game with three outs to go.

    Oh my!

    History will remember Game 7 as an epic one run winner-take-all contest, but this seven game drama is a magnificent testament to the beauty and strategic nuances of classic baseball.

    Pictures:
    1: 7th game win celebration from the best seats a TV can give you.
    2: Approaching Wrigley to attend Game 3.
    3: Obligatory artsy panoramic shot of Game 3.
    4: Kyle Hendricks makes an aggressive pitch in the first inning of Game 3.

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    1. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Congratulations on your teams win they deserve to be champions. Harry Carray would be still shouting cubs win cubs win
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      SWEET !!!
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Congrats Cub, watched the Game........Nail biter !!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Congratulations! I wondered why it was so quiet in my hood. I am not a TV watcher but happy to hear a Midwest team - the Cubs - won!!!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks, Ben!
    6. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      Congratulations Rob! sad day in N.E. Ohio. Hopefully we will get a rematch with different results. Rob
    7. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks!
      antiquerose
      vetraio50
      Caperkid
    8. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      BIG SF GIANTS fan here, but more a BASEBALL LOVER than a fan of any one team, really, so happy to see the Cubs come through and finally win it all! [;>)
    9. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      BTW ... the Chicago river was dyed a deep blue color!

      Thanks!
      NevadaBlades (I was expecting more from SF this year. And I'm a Bumgarner fan.)
      David
      Thomas
      valentino97
      antiquerose

    10. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Thanks, Rick55!

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