From Goat To G.O.A.T.

The Chicago Cubs have spent the last 108 years packing their bags at the end of each season with a bitter taste in their mouths.

The 2016 Chicago Cubs will pack their bags and head for home with the taste of champagne in their mouths as they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

People have waited their entire lives to see their beloved Cubbies bring a championship home to Chicago. After the final out, the internet was swarmed with reacting fans. Videos of elderly Cubs fans were released celebrating the first Cubs’ title in their lifetime. Renditions of Chicago’s fight song “Go, Cubs, Go” could be heard around the country.

Although the casual fan may not realize the gigantic importance of a Cubs’ championship, Kris Bryant’s throw to first for the final out echoed around the world. One of sports’ greatest curses had been lifted as the ball popped into Anthony Rizzo’s glove at first.

Some may not know of the “Curse of the Billy Goat.” Sure, it sounds silly, but it is no laughing matter to Cubs’ fans. Legend has it that in 1945, local tavern owner William Sianis brought his pet goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series. Due to the odor of the goat, Sianis was escorted out. At the point, Sianis supposedly put a curse on the franchise saying that the Cubs would never again win a World Series.

While some may laugh at this idea of a curse, no one can deny that the Cubs did not win the World Series for an incredibly long time. America has changed a lot since 1908.

To put things in perspective, at the time of the Cubs’ last World Series victory, Henry Ford had just produced his first Model T. The U.S. population was around 88 million compared to 325 million today. Also, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” had just been written.

Over 40 million people tuned in to the game to watch the Cubs end their drought, making Game 7 the most viewed baseball game in the last 25 years. The last game to have that many viewers was Game 7 of the 1991 World Series in which the Minnesota Twins defeated the Atlanta Braves. Nearly half of the number of the American population in 1908 watched the Cubs win in 2016.

In an emotional series that saw both teams fight to the final out, there was only one way that the series could come to a close and that is dramatically. Game 7 was action-packed and had fans on the edge of their seats throughout. Likely, the 2016 World Series Game 7 will go down as one of the greatest baseball games of all time.

The Cubs went from being a World Series goat and worrying about a literal goat for 108 years to playing in a game that might go down as the G.O.A.T. For the sake of Cubs’ fans, I hope the drought only lasts 107 years this time.

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