Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Well, unless you’re living in a cave (in which case, you’re probably not seeing this story); you know that the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series. The only time I had heard those words were in the movie "Back To The Future II". Over 25 million watched game seven of the World Series on TV November 2nd and the Stadium was full.

It’s been a long wait with years of fans saying “there’s always next year”.  Loyal Cubs fans have continued to root, root, root for their home team and have had their fill of disappointment.  But, in the words of legendary Cubs announcer, Harry Caray, “HOLY COW”! There were tears of joy shed along with all the cheers at the end of game seven of the World Series on Wednesday evening by Cubs fans everywhere.  Each game of the series seemed to make the excitement mount with anticipation and wonder of who was going to capture the title of champions.

With the Cubs at the top of the first inning, hopes from Cubs fans watching were that they racked up some runs. The hope was answered with Dexter Fowler’s solo home run which just cleared Indians’ fielder Rajai Davis’s reach.  At the bottom of the third, Cleveland had tied it 1-1 but the Cubs kept up momentum and scored 2 more in the top of the fourth. Cubs Kris Bryant added a run in the fourth inning along with Ben Zobrist to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Bryant, standing 6'5" ran three bases from first to score in the fifth, clocked at a speed of 19.8 mph. That fueled more exhilaration as both teams scored 2 runs to bring it to 5-3 with Cubs leading. The only run to be made in the sixth inning was by the oldest player, Cubs catcher David Ross who ends his career with a solo home run in the 2016 World Series. The look on his face as he rounded second was a humble, disbelieving, shock. No scores in the seventh made for hopeful victory with Cubs players and fans but at the bottom of the eighth the Indians came back and scored 3 to tie the score 6-6. With the game tied at the bottom of the ninth, it went to the tenth inning after a seventeen minute rain delay.  It was during that time that the Cubs re-grouped, especially after a pep talk from outstanding, right fielder, Jason Heyward. Once play resumed the Cubs showed what they were made of and that was determination. Top of the tenth showed that Kyle Schwarber could hit against Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw and made it to first. Pinch-runner Albert Almora came in for Schwarber and advanced to second when Kris Bryant hit a deep flyout to center. Shaw then walked Anthony Rizzo. Earlier in the game Rizzo was heard talking to Ross saying that he was an emotional wreck but smiling through it all and Ross telling him it was only going to get worse but just breathe. Zobrist then brought in Almora with a drive down the third base line. With the bases loaded, Miguel Montero came to bat and secured a single that drove in Chicago’s eighth run of the game. With the Indians back at bat and Carl Edwards Jr. pitching for the Cubs, the nail biting and praying from all fans strengthened.  Indians, Brandon Guyer walked to first after 5 pitches and that brought Rajai Davis to bat. He singled with a hit but it brought in Guyer to narrow the gap to one run. In comes Cubs pitcher Michael Montgomery. The final play brought Indians Michael Martinez to the plate. He hit a ground ball that Bryant picked up and bulleted to Rizzo for the out that changed history.

The 108 year curse has ended for the Cubs.

Story and photo by Penny Doyle/TR Staff

Picture:  “Win” flag being flown at the Aledo Fire Department.