Party like it’s 1908
Chicago blows lead in 8th, scores 2 in 10th to end drought
Next year finally came for the Chicago Cubs early this morning. They had to wait 108 years, through a meltdown from their closer and through a 17-minute rain delay in the 10th inning, but baseball’s lovable losers are champions of the baseball world again at long last.
Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead double in a two-run 10th inning, beating the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in a thrilling Game 7 delayed by a squall earlier in the inning.
Chicago led 5-1 after 41⁄ innings and had a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth inning before All-Star reliever Aroldis Chapman allowed a run-scoring double to Brandon Guyer and a two-run homer to Rajai Davis.
The Cubs scored twice in the 10th, then the Indians came back with one in the bottom of the inning before Mike Montgomery got utility player Michael Martinez to ground out weakly to third base with a runner on first to end the game. COVERAGE, PG 3
First baseman Anthony Rizzo leaps into a congratulatory hug after the Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908.