Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer.
But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th and scored twice. Davis hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery got the final out.
108 years later, the Cubs are World Champions. pic.twitter.com/XuPw1Cb8D8— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 3, 2016
Manager Joe Maddon's team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but lost the last two games at home.
World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans.
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Bill Murray's reaction to the final out. https://t.co/9WP5Gsxlku— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 3, 2016
It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That's change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?— President Obama (@POTUS) November 3, 2016
That moment when you break a 108-year title drought. pic.twitter.com/bEzRhNKlBV— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 3, 2016
Who are you rooting for to win the #WorldSeries tonight?— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) November 2, 2016