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Cubs Win! Cubs end title drought in epic Game 7

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The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, snapping their 108-year championship drought!

Okay, now that, that we’re past that cliched start to this article, it only makes sense that the combined forces of Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon led to the end of the longest championship drought in sports. Epstein’s Hall of Fame preparations have to be starting now after he has built teams to end the two longest title droughts. He brought over the formula that finally brought the end of the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ that left the Boston Red Sox in misery for so long before 2004. Maddon was the only man to make the Tampa Bay Rays relevant in their entire history.

They did it in Chicago with the Cubs now too.

It took a lot of losing to get to this point. Just a few years ago the Cubs lost 100 games, but it was to make them better and stronger. This year, they were the best team in baseball all year long, won over 100 games and showed their resolve by battling back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series.

In the end, it was just having a collection of good baseball players with a manager who knew how to best piece the puzzle together.

There wasn’t a weak spot in the Cubs lineup. It was their No. 5 hitter Ben Zobrist, who was with Maddon in Tampa Bay helping make the Rays a title contender, that was given the World Series MVP accolades for his timely hitting, including a 10th-inning RBI that got the Cubs ahead and got them the momentum back in the game.

Dexter Fowler led the game off with a 410-foot home run to center field and went 3-for-5 in the game. The Cubs used three different catchers in the game and all of them had an RBI. Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-5. The guys they needed to step up to help stars Kris Bryan and Anthony Rizzo stepped up and made sure the Cubs won the game.

Jake Arrieta shut the Cleveand Indians down in game six to save the Cubs chances and then Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester did a fantastic job in game seven.

Had those guys not done their jobs, things would be completely different right now. Maddon questionably used Chapman for three innings in a one-sided Game Six win. It was a questionable decision to say the least and when he was called on again in Game Seven there wasn’t too much of a surprise that he was missing his control and movement with a fatigued arm.

He gave up a two-run home run to Rajai Davis in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Indiana tied the game back up at 6-6 and turned all of the momentum onto their side. Maddon and Chapman were ready to take all the blame, but a 12 minute rain delay between the ninth and 10th innings cooled down for the Indians. The Cubs regrouped, refocused and responded to pull off a memorable 8-7 Game 7 victory.

In a way, one must wonder how things would have turned out had there not been a questionable rain delay to cool off the Indians after the tied the game and had all the momentum behind them, but this Cubs team was on their death bed long before that, trailing 3-1 in the series.

Then they pulled together three-straight wins for the greatest winning streak in their franchises’ history. They battled for a 3-2 Game Five win, then exploded out to a 7-0 lead, helped by a third-inning grand slam by Addison Russell in the third inning, and cruised to a 9-3 victory. In Game 7, with everything on the line, Fowler hit a home run to open the game and the team just kept hitting the ball consistently and came up with the clutch performances that they need.

And now, the Cubs are World Series champions.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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