Chicago to honor champion Cubs with Friday parade, rally

"I'm an old-school Cubs fan", he said, gesturing to the sky and crowds.

"I think my boss would have been shocked if I hadn't asked for time off", Brenneman said.

When I watched games growing up in Evanston, Illinois, I always climbed into the chair next to my dad and watched the three hour games.

With the blessing of the Harry Caray estate and Chicago's WGN network, a team from Budweiser and the agency VaynerMedia in NY culled through archives of yesteryear's games between the Cubs and the Indians, and also games with big finishes, to set up the illusion. He said the players "felt how badly" the Chicago Cubs fans wanted a World Series win.

But in the end, it was time.

The Mexico-born Anita Villabos, who died almost 15 years ago, was a passionate fan who taught her family to stay until the end of every game no matter the score, be devoted to her Cubs and never give up hope of winning a World Series.

The Clevelanders overcame adversity to make their unexpected run to the World Series, shuffling their rotation after injuries to young starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, and doing without injured, hard-hitting outfielder Michael Brantley for almost the whole season.

"This all started for me from the fact that I played backyard baseball with the same group of buddies when we were 7, 8 9, 10 years old", Nevala said.

The Dodgers were even tougher than the Giants.

Team manager Joe Maddon - wearing a stocking cap, sunglasses and a jersey over a "We did not suck" T-shirt - looked out over a sea of blue.

Miguel Montero's grand slam cemented his legacy. The 36-year-old was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a head injury and cut to the mouth. It was an easy way to share the event with whose long careers with the Cubs came and went without even a trip to the Series.

Sandberg won an NL MVP, nine Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger awards and was a 10-time All-Star for the Cubs, but he said seeing them win the 2016 World Series was "the last feather in my cap".

Many found ways to share the joy with loved one who did not live long enough to see it for themselves, spelling out their memories in chalk on the brick walls of the ballpark.

Rizzo cited the longstanding history of the Cubs and said the 2016 championship also belongs to former stars like the deceased Ernie Banks and Ron Santo as well as Billy Williams, who was part of the parade. The team won the World Series that year, and the senior Maddon faithfully wore an Angels hat. "You guys are the best". No more talk of being "lovable losers". The Cubs, having not won since 1908, and the Indians since 1948, gave both teams the intense motivation to push them to game seven. They've already forgiven him, but more importantly, they want to be forgiven by him.

Every other great moment in game 7 and the entire season that led up to it?

Ben Zobrist's double to score the go-ahead run in the tenth? Neither team scored in the ninth, forcing the game into extra innings.

So maybe my wife didn't get her heart broken, but she's relatively new to this sports thing.

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