That’s right! It took more than a century, but after 108 years the “Curse of the Billy Goat” has finally been lifted. The Cubs couldn’t get a better way, to the break the spell.
Thrilling, World Series Game 7 had all the correct ingredients to become one of the most exciting MLB finals ever. Excitement, high levels of adrenaline and pressure, the two longest title droughts on the line, an extra inning, a rain delay and the unexpected and unpredictable comeback that made the Chicago Cubs the World Series champions.
In fact, it is stated that Game 7 was viewed by 40 million people, the most since Game 7 of the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. Social media also, broke records. According to twitter, more than 18 million tweets were sent about the World Series, including 10.5 million tweets during Game 7. Both are Twitter records for a World Series and an MLB game.
Chicago Cubs did exactly what they were supposed to do. Score first and score fast. Cubs have been struggling the season scoring early, but thanks to Dexter Fowler, they got on the board right away. Fowler hit the first Game 7 leadoff home run in World Series history. A strong statement of what was coming.
In the bottom of the third, the Indians were able to tie things up, but in the top of the fourth Cubs took the lead again, by scoring twice and putting the game 3-1. Javier Baez made it 4-1 in the top of the fifth, swatting a home run to right-center field. Star reliever Andrew Miller came in and allowed another run after walking Bryant and then allowing an RBI hit to Rizzo. Cleveland answered back after a wild pitch that bounced and hit Ross in the mask. Santana scored easily and Kipnis sledded in just ahead of the tag to make it 5-3.
Cubs kept the lead and the gap until the eighth with Aroldis Chapman on the mound. Chapman gave up an RBI double to Guyer, then served up a two-run home run down the left field line to Davis. Davis hit went just over the elevated wall in left field to tie the game, 6-6.
The ninth inning went by scoreless and just before the 10th inning, the game entered a brief rain delay. Probably, just what Cubs needed to cool off and set things to victory.
In the 10th, the Cubs put two more on the board, behind hits from Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero. Final score, 8-7.
Nasty Hit For Sportsbooks
Cubs not only broke the curse and putted an end to their long title drought, but they also hit a million dollar fastball to sportsbooks all over the world. Not even the most accurate and skillful handicapper could predict this one.
Just in Nevada, books are expecting losses of millions of dollars. Most of them had the Cubs at 2-1 in Chicago’s favor. At the beginning of the season the Cubs entered with odds as short as 4-1, while Cleveland Indians were at 16-1. Now, as Chicago fans celebrate many books will be paying debts.