CLEVELAND -- Maybe when Addison Russell is 24, or Anthony Rizzo's nephew is old enough to watch videos, or Kris Bryant gets a gray hair, the young Cubs players will understand what they did this year.
What Russell, Rizzo, Bryant, pitcher Jon Lester and the rest of their teammates did was end a century-plus of heartbreak and give Cubs fans around the world a reason to celebrate. Ben Zobrist smacked a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning and Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross homered to power the Cubs to an 8-7 victory over the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
For the first time since 1908, the Cubs are World Series champions. Believe it.
"Nothing's been easy, nothing's been given to us," Lester said. "Every series has been a battle and been a grind for us. We played three really good opponents to get here, and here we stand. It's an unbelievable feeling to be a part of this. You wouldn't expect it any other way."
The Cubs were the preseason favorites to win it all, and they won 103 games to claim the National League Central. They then ousted the Giants in the NL Division Series and beat the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series to reach the World Series against the Indians, who opened a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. With their win, the Cubs are the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pirates.
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