Kris Bryant started to smile even before he fielded the ball. And with his throw to first for the final out, the agonizing wait 'til next year was over at last.
The Chicago Cubs ended America's longest sports title drought in dramatic fashion Thursday morning, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller to capture their first World Series crown since 1908.
After 108 years, what's one more day? The Chicago Cubs are far from finished. They're frothing.
After 108 years, what's one more day?
They have waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.
One way or another, there will be a championship celebration in Cleveland.
One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians. That's all it will take for Corey Kluber & Co. to clinch this World Series.
Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and the Cleveland Indians crashed a Wrigley Field party 71 years in the making.
Nothing ever rattles Corey Kluber. He is machine-like, unflappable and perhaps the ideal pitcher to be asked to work on short rest in the World Series.
What happens when a lovable loser winds up a winner?