CELEBRATION! Chicago had a victory parade and rally of the century in honor of the Chicago Cubs World Series hard-fought win. On Friday, November 4, 2016, the caravan of double-decker red buses carrying the Cubs began at Wrigley Field, went down Michigan Avenue then Columbus Drive to Grant Park in downtown Chicago. Five million people came out to cheer for their Cubbies along the parade route and at Grant Park. After a number of speeches by Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, by coach Joe Maddon and by the several players on the team, the crowd and the Cubs enthusiastically sang "Go Cubs Go" led by singer Brett Ellredge.
Cubs World Series Rally Video
© 2016 Karen I. Hirsch
This year's World Series seemed like a made for TV movie. With the Cubs down 3 games to 1, it would be difficult to make a come-back. Then the Cubs won the next two away games in Cleveland to be tied with the Indians at 3 games each. It was all or nothing in Game 7 which was a nail-biter.
First up, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler hit a home run right off the bat. (literally) The Cubs went on to get ahead 3-1. But, the Cleveland Indians are a talented team. They caught up. The Cubs again took the lead with the help of a home run hit by Cubs catcher, "Gramps" David Ross, 39 years old, who was on the verge of retiring. The Indians matched the score once again. After a roller-coaster nine innings, the game was tied 6-6. A rain delay seemed to give a boost to the Cubs who scored two runs in the tenth inning. The Indians came back and scored, but this time only once. And the Cubs won the World Series after a seemingly endless drought of 108 years. HEY HEY!
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