The impossible has happened as the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series for the first time since 1908 after a thrilling 10-inning game against the Cleveland Indians. Game 7 was an epic ending to the season and the game can be considered as one of the greatest ever.
The Cubs started the game with a bang when Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff home run off of Indians starter Corey Kluber. It was the first leadoff homer in a Game 7 in World Series history. However, the Indians came back to tie it at 1-1 at the bottom of the third with a Carlos Santana single to drive in Coco Crisp.
Chicago regained the lead in the fourth with two runs drove in by Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras. Javier Baez hit a solo home run in the fifth with Anthony Rizzo adding another run by driving in Kris Bryant with a single to make it 5-1.
But the Indians and the Curse of Billy Goat just keep on coming as Cleveland cut the lead in the bottom of the fifth. A wild pitch by Jon Lester, who made a relief appearance for the first time since 2007, allowed Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis to score and trim the lead to two.
Catcher David Ross, who is retiring at the end of the 2016 World Series, hit a solo home run in the sixth to give the Cubs a 6-3 lead. Lester pitched into the eighth inning with two outs as Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave the ball to Aroldis Chapman for a four-out save.
However, Chapman blew the save opportunity as Brandon Guyer drove in a run while Rajai Davis hit a dramatic two-run home run to tie the game in the eighth inning. The game got into extra innings but Mother Nature interfered for a 15-minute rain delay.
At the top of the tenth inning, the Cubs scored two runs with Ben Zobrist hitting the game-winning run. Miguel Montero added another run for insurance but the Indians just won’t die. Carl Edwards Jr. allowed a RBI single from Rajai Davis to make the game 8-7.
Maddon made another pitching change with Mike Montgomery coming in to record the final out. The final batter was Michael Martinez, who grounded out softly to third as the Cubs finally end a 108-year World Series drought.
The 2016 World Series MVP was Ben Zobrist, who got hot at the right time. It was his second-straight World Series win as he was also part of the Kansas City Royals last season.