— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 3, 2016
If you missed last night’s game 7, or really any game of this World Series, you missed out on history. History would’ve been made either way: Cleveland hadn’t won the Fall Classic since 1948, the Cubs since 1908, but I think deep down every baseball fan outside of Cleveland was rooting for the Cubbies. As we saw last night, the Cubs persevered, through Billy goat curse chants, multiple mental errors, bizarre managerial decisions and even an extra inning rain delay. They persevered through it all, and now they can call themselves champions. It was a win for baseball fans and the MLB in general, as the ratings for game 6 and game 7 were astronomical. The millions of people who watched those games watched baseball played the right way, with young and veteran stars alike trying to etch their name in the history books. They also watched two of the best managers in professional sports, Terry Francona and Joe Maddon, make chess move after chess move, hoping each decision would get them closer to a World Series trophy. Maddon won out (not without being second guessed, of course) and now he has the distinction of being the manager who broke the curse, the same thing Francona accomplished with the Red Sox in 2004. I’ll never know how important this was for Maddon or any of the Cub players, but as a Red Sox fan, I know how important this was to the fans. The Cubs are no longer cursed. The Cubs are no longer lovable losers. They are champions, and as a fan, especially a fan of baseball, which lasts from March-November if we’re lucky, it’s a wonderful feeling. Congratulations to Theo Epstein, Jon Lester & David Ross. Congratulations to the rest of the Cubs players and organization. Congratulations to the Chicago Cub fans. Lastly, thanks to everyone involved for an amazing World Series.