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Party like its 1945: Chicago Cubs win the pennant

Published: 24 Oct 2016

For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

 Six-Four-Three, double play. The Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1945 after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the NLCS. No, this is not a joke, the Cubs finally made it back to the World Series for the first time since Harry Truman and Winston Churchill were in office.

Just to put it in perspective, the United Stated have had 11 different presidents and the UK have had 13 different Prime Ministers. That is an eternity in a sport that has only had 30 teams since 1998.

The Cubs got an early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Although the Cubs would eventually score five runs, all off of Kershaw, one run was all they needed as Kyle Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 of two hit baseball, with Aroldis Chapman closing the game out.

The Cubs know they still have work to do before winning their first championship since 1908 (Teddy Roosevelt was in office for those keeping track). They still have to face a red hot Cleveland Indians team who have only lost one game this entire postseason, despite a pitching staff decimated by injuries.

There is still a feeling of surrealness surrounding the Cubs win, almost as if it did not really happen. But the proof is with the tens of thousands of people who lined the streets of Wrigleyville to celebrate this momentous occasion.

It is a story greater than a simple baseball game. It is a story of Cubs fans who immediately thought of loved ones who have died before seeing this moment. It is a story of Cubs greats, such as Harry Caray, Ron Santo, and Ernie Banks, who are no longer with us that suffered along with the fans of a franchise yearning for success. It is a story that is truly, magical.

At the end of the 1991 season, Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray concluded with his now famous sentence “Sure as god made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are gonna be in the World Series.” Well, they finally made it and fans everywhere are partying like it is 1945, and with just four more wins, Cubs fans will be partying like it is 1908.

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