Cubs end the Curse


The curse of the Billy Goat is finally over, as the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series and ended the 108-year-old curse. Their quest began with a powerful regular season when they had 103 wins.

The Cubs general manager, Jed Hoyer, helped build a young team that had a lot talent. In addition, Manager Joe Maddon was able to convince veterans to join and contribute to their run for a title.

Illinois native, Gail Casburn said, “I never thought I would see them win in my lifetime.”

The regular season was a breeze for the Cubs, as they had the best record in the MLB. During the NLDS the Cubs faced the San Francisco Giants in a five game series. The Cubs handled the Giants in only four games as they took the series 3-1.

To continue their journey the Cubs would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS in a best of seven series. The Cubs were down early in the series as the Dodgers had a 2-1 lead. However, the Cubs bats caught fire as they scored 23 runs in the last three games. In game 6 the Chicago faced off against Clayton Kershaw and rattled him early to take an early lead. Ultimately, the Cubs won the pennant and advanced to their first World Series in 71 years. The Cubs were not finished and knew they had a great challenge if they wanted to win the World Series.

The Cubs final series was a best of seven, in which they faced the Cleveland Indians for the World Series. Déjà Vu was apparent as the Cubs found img_3957-croppedthemselves down in the series, as the Indians had a 3-1 lead. Cubs regained focus as they fought to win two games to force a game seven in Cleveland. World Series game seven, it does not get any bigger than this. The Chicago Cubs knew if they wanted to be world champions  they would have to empty their tanks and leave it all on the field. Both of the teams had their aces going, however both gave up early runs. The Cubs had a two run lead in the bottom of the 8th, with two outs, but the curse was still alive as Rajai Davis hit a two run home run to tie the game. This led to extra innings and in the 10th the Cubs showed off their bats again as Ben Zobrist drove in two runs 8-6. Bottom of the 10th the curse tried to give another scare as the Indians scored a run, 8-7. However, that was last scare as the curse was lifted when Mike Montgomery got Michael Martinez to ground out to third. This sparked the champagne bottles to open and for the party to start in Chicago.

The people in Chicago had so many emotions that cannot be described. For a lifelong Cubs fan, Mabel Ball, is 108 years old and waited her whole life to see the Cubs win another World Series. The Chicago Cubs winning represents something more than a championship for the city, it is a new beginning for a franchise that has nothing but upside.

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