The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years on Wednesday and fans are still celebrating as we speak.
On Wednesday, the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a wacky and wild extra-inning game.
When they won it all, non other than Cubs first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, kept the ball that recorded the final out. He has made it through it all, being diagnosed with Hodgkins’ lymphoma at age 18, being traded twice and then being reunited with general manager, Theo Epstein. Epstein and Rizzo were previously together in the Boston Red Sox organization.
“I hope every Cubs fan enjoys this,” said Rizzo. “We’re champions. It happened. It happened. We’re the champs. There’s no one better than us.”
Ben Zobrist, who won Most Valuable Player for the Cubs during the World Series, spent his first day after winning it all at his home signing autographs. He only lives two miles away from Wrigley Field and I’m pretty sure that I’ve never seen anything like this before:
“It wasn’t planned,” Zobrist told WGN in Chicago. “I just came outside holding baby talking to neighbors. Next thing you know, people are asking for autographs.”
Lifelong Cubs fan and ultra-famous actor, Bill Murray, was in attendance for Game 7 and he was beyond happy when they won:
Then, he actually got to celebrate with the team. Champagne showers for all!
Murray was extra hype for the W:
What a champ. Did I ever mention that I love Bill Murray? He’s that down to Earth actor that actually knocks elbows with regular people. He goes to sporting events and sits in the stands, not sky boxes! That’s real.
But I digress.
Those Cubs fans would enjoy it all right… They got into a lot of things in Chicago on Thursday morning, or climbed onto many things. Whatever way that you want to put it, they went absolutely bonkers.
This one Cubs fan did a trust fall from an 18-foot statue on Friday:
Another fan did a back flip from a light post:
The Chicago River was even dyed in Cubs blue for the occasion:
“The celebration was largely peaceful,” Chicago Office of Emergency management spokesperson Melissa Stratton said. “We are thankful that those folks were able to celebrate.”
There were 14 arrests that had to do with the game according to Stratton. Most of them were for disorderly and reckless conduct. This was just a couple hours after the Cubs won it all.
The Cubs would have their parade just a couple of days later on Friday, a gathering in which approximately 5 million people attended.
According to FOX 32 Chicago, here’s how this ranked on the largest human gatherings in world history:
1. Kumbh Mela pilgrimage, India, 2013 – 30 million
2. Arbaeen festival, Iraq, 2014 – 17 million
3. Funeral of CN Annadurai, India, 1969 – 15 million
4. Funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran, 1989 – 10 million
5. Papal gathering in the Philippines, 2015 – 6 million
6. World Youth Day, 1995 – 5 million
7. Chicago Cubs World Series celebration – 5 million
8. Funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1970 – 5 million
9. Rod Stewart concert, Brazil, 1994 – 3.5 million
10. Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2012 – 3 million
11. Anti-war march, Rome, 2003 – 3 million
This was the largest human gathering in American history. Be proud Cubs fans, you ARE history.
During the parade, Rizzo gave a speech about his now former teammate, catcher, David Ross, who was so influential to him. He began to tear up when talking about how much his teammate’s leadership meant to him.
That’s beautiful to see all of the hard work that the Cubs have put in, to make it to the World Series. Ross was a big mentor to these young Cubs and he’ll be missed on the diamond for his heady play and wisdom that he provided.
As for the rest of the night after the Cubs had their parade:
#FlyTheW Cubs fans and be proud of your team’s accomplishment. They worked hard and truly deserved it.