It was 48 minutes passed midnight, in Cleveland, Ohio, when Cleveland Indians Michael Martinez chopped a groundball to third base. Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant seized the ball threw it to Anthony Rizzo, who squeezed it into his glove, along with the fate of 2016 World Series.
With the squeeze, the 108-years-wait for a coveted trophy by the Cubs was over. And finally, the mythological Chicago Cubs' "Billy Goat Curse" of 1945 was behind the Cubs' fans. The myth, according to some accounts, goes as follows:
the last time the Cubs reached the World Series final was in 1945. The crowd was so thrilled that they gathered on Wringley field. Among them was William Sianis, owner of The Billy Goat Tavern. Chicago Cubs fans bullied William Sianis asking him to get off the Wringley field, The Cubs' home ballpark, because his pet goat smelled bad. He cursed back, saying "Them Cubs. They'aint gonna win no more." The Chicago Cubs din't win the World Series for 71 years, until today!
Around the US, perhaps the World, Chicago fans erupted into an emotional celebration, taking to the streets, hugging in bars, and screaming with signs that read "It Happened". Some say the fans, this time, had deep reverence for goats.
The Chicago Cubs leftfielder Ben Zobrist won the most valuable player (MVP) title of the World Series.
Before today's win, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had been building a productive collaboration, that probably led to the moment. Kris Bryant who hit 39 home runs this season, has won Rookie of Year 2015. The Chicago Cubs, down 3 to 1 in the best-of-seven series, blew a three-run lead in the final game. They came back after a rain delay. Kris Bryant's timely home runs have saved the Cubs at critical moments.
The win by Chicago Cubs, after 108 years of crossing the desert has marked the history of baseball and sports, in general, forever.