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Chicago Cubs Win World Series: The Party is on in Wrigleyville

Photo: Photo: MGN Online/FOX World Series.

November 03, 2016 01:54 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Latest on Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians early Thursday (all times local):
1:25 a.m.

It's been a long time since Chicago's North Side partied like this.

At 11:47 local time, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series that eluded them for 108 years. Fans packed into Wrigleyville bars to watch on television - neither of which existed back in 1908 - erupted in cheers before swarming onto the streets just before midnight Wednesday to celebrate in the shadows of the statues of Cubs greats Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and legendary announcer Harry Caray.

As the game ended, the roar from inside the bars and the throng of fans on the street was deafening, before the crowds both inside and out sang "go Cubs go" at the top of their lungs.

"This was torture," said Mike Delmanowski, a lifelong Cubs fan who flew to Chicago from California just to be surrounded by other Cubs fans. "I would not have missed it for anything.

"I am so proud to be a part of it," said his wife, Sue, who was crying off and on from the fifth inning.

Mike Dillon said all he could think about was his father, who died without ever seeing what Dillon witnessed.

"I came here by myself, but I'm not alone at all," said Mike Dillon, 57, of Joliet, Illinois.

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12:47 a.m.

Mike Montgomery retired Michael Martinez for the final out with a runner on in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs ended baseball's longest championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series.

The Cubs won their first championship since 1908, becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Miguel Montero added an RBI single to make it 8-6. Rajai Davis singled home a run in the bottom half off Carl Edwards Jr. before Martinez grounded out against Montgomery to end it.

The game included a 17-minute rain delay before the 10th inning.

Davis tied it at 6 with a two-run homer in the eighth off closer Aroldis Chapman, helping Cleveland erase a 5-1 deficit.

Cleveland still has not won a World Series since 1948. Ace Corey Kluber allowed four runs in four-plus innings, failing in his attempt to become the first pitcher to win three starts in one Series since 1968 MVP Mickey Lolich for Detroit.

Fans are already packed into Wrigleyville in Chicago, and a late-night party is getting underway.

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