The celebration that started when Anthony Rizzo caught the throw from Kris Bryant in Game 7 to win The World Series continued throughout the weekend. And it doesn’t figure to slow down anytime soon.
The Cubs had the biggest victory parade and rally in professional sports as the fans cheered the World Series Champions.
David Ross, Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler went to New York. Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez and Addison Russell took off for Disney World. And several of the players, along with the Commissioner’s Trophy showed up at the Blackhawks game on Sunday night.
The business of baseball did get in the way of the Cubs celebration a little bit. Seven players became free agents Thursday and were joined by Dexter Fowler and Jason Hammel.
Miguel Montero told it like he saw it, just at the wrong time.
And the postseason performances of Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber were recognized by the New York Chapter of the BBWAA.
Here are all the headlines from the last four days packed with all of the news, notes and video from The World Series Champs, the Chicago Cubs.
And the Chicago Cubs Win The World Series – Cubs 8, Indians 7
In what many are calling the greatest seventh game in World Series history, the Cubs jumped out to a 5-1 lead on home runs by Dexter Fowler and Javier Baez, run scoring hits from Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras and excellent baserunning from Kris Bryant.
The Indians cut the Cubs lead to 5-3 before David Ross launched a solo homer off Andrew Miller that made it a 6-3 game. The Indians tied the game at six in the eighth with Rajai Davis delivering the big blow, a two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman.
A 17-minute rain delay turned the game in the Cubs’ favor.
Kyle Schwarber singled, Albert Almora Jr. pinch-ran for Schwarber and went to second on a deep fly by Kris Bryant. An intentional walk to Anthony Rizzo put two on for Ben Zobrist.
Zobrist delivered the game-winner, a double to left that plated Almora Jr. After an intentional walk to Addison Russell, Miguel Montero drove in Rizzo with the run that ended up being the difference in the game.
The Indians cut it to a one-run game before Joe Maddon went to Mike Montgomery.
Kris Bryant fielded the dribbler off the bat of Michael Martinez and threw to Anthony Rizzo to end the game … and the longest drought in the history of professional sports.
The Cubs are The Champs
The Cubs are the World Series Champions. No more dreaming. No more waiting. The best team in baseball has the trophy to prove it.
And this report includes a ton of really cool video as well as the image of the front page of the Tribune.
If you think you’ve seen all of the videos, make sure to check this report … just in case.
The Cubs, The World Series Champions on the Cover of Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated placed the Cubs on the cover of this week’s issue … and moved up the publication date to recognize the Cubs accomplishment.
Report includes image of Sports Illustrated Cover
Ben Zobrist, Cubs World Series MVP
Ben Zobrist delivered when the Cubs needed him to throughout the postseason. In The World Series, Zobrist thrived with 10 hits in 28 at-bats. Zobrist delivered the biggest hit of them all, the game winner in the 10th inning of Game 7.
Zobrist more than earned the World Series MVP Award.
David Ross Walks Off with a Cubs Championship Ring
David Ross had a big impact on Game 7 in the field and at the plate. And his night ended with his teammates carrying him off the field.
David Ross played the last game of his career Wednesday in Cleveland and went out as a Champion. Ross entered the game with Jon Lester. After a throwing error and a wild pitch allowed the Indians to get back into the game, Ross took the momentum back with a solo homer off Andrew Miller.
Report includes video and his impact on the 2016 World Series.
The Daily CCO: The Rain Delay, World Series Champions and Other Cubs News
The 17-minute rain delay in Game 7 after the ninth inning gave the Cubs a chance to hit the reset button. And Jason Heyward took the opportunity to deliver what could end up being the biggest speech in team history.
The Daily Report includes details on what Jason Heyward said and what was going on in the Cubs dugout before the rain delay.
Theo Epstein, the importance of Albert Almora Jr.’s tag up, Game 7 TV Ratings, Odds for next year’s World Series, Jed Hoyer’s Twitter account, news, notes, links, This Day in Cubs History and tons of video are included in the first Daily Report after the Cubs won The World Series.
Cubs World Series Celebration
The Cubs held the victory parade and rally on Friday. And this report includes another must-see image from The Tribune.
From the Wire: Cubs Claim Conor Mullee Off Waivers from Yankees, Giovanni Soto Claimed by A’s
The Cubs posted a roster move before Game 7 of The World Series. RHP Conor Mullee was claimed off waivers from the Yankees and placed on the 60-day DL. Mullee will count against the 40-man roster once he is activated from the DL.
The Cubs lost LHP Giovanni Soto on waivers to the Oakland A’s.
During an interview Thursday on ESPN 1000, Dexter Fowler said he would decline his part of the mutual option and become a free agent. Jed Hoyer confirmed that Fowler would decline the option before Friday’s parade and rally.
Dexter Fowler officially became a free agent late Saturday just before the Saturday Night Live in which he appeared in a Cubs’ jersey for likely the last time.
Cubs Free Agents
Seven Cubs officially became free agents Thursday with the conclusion of the season. Since Aroldis Chapman, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Munenori Kawasaki, Joe Smith and David Ross had their contracts with the Cubs expire, Dexter Fowler and Jason Hammel have also become free agents.
The Daily CCO: The Trophy, A Parade, Cubstock, Anthony Rizzo and Other Cubs News
An estimated five million fans lined the streets and packed into Grant Park on Friday to celebrate the Cubs World Series Championship, the largest gathering in U.S. history.
Joe Maddon called it Cubstock and Anthony Rizzo showed, once again, this is his team and that he just gets it.
Miguel Montero spoke his mind and was not happy with his lack of playing time in The Series, which is understandable. Montero has every right to say what he did. But he could have said it on a different day. Not after the Cubs first ever World Series victory parade.
The Daily Report includes info on the BBWAA Awards, news, notes, links, some info from around baseball, This Day in Cubstory and tons of video.
Jon Lester Wins The Babe Ruth Award for Postseason Most Valuable Player
Jon Lester had a tremendous postseason and earned the co-MVP Award in the NLCS. The short-sided media and a portion of the fan base still look at what he struggles with instead of what he does extremely well. And that is throw the ball 60 feet six inches with precision.
Jon Lester was named the Most Valuable Player of the Postseason, The Babe Ruth Award, by the New York Chapter of the BBWAA, a well-deserved honor for the veteran lefty.
RizzO’s Cereal Available for a Limited Time
There is a new breakfast of champions on the market, well kind of … RizzO’s first hit the stands in April and they are available again for a limited time.
RizzO’s can be ordered online. Click on the link.
Dexter Fowler Toasts World Series Win with 108 Bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue
Dexter Fowler gave Joe Maddon two bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue in April, one with space left for a message to be engraved later.
The Cubs won The Series and Dexter Fowler handed out 108 bottles with “108 Years Later – Fly The W 2016.”
Click on the report to see a photo of what Dexter Fowler did for his teammates, coaching staff and Cubs front office.
Javier Baez, Roberto Clemente and World Series Home Runs
Javier Baez joined the legendary Roberto Clemente as the second Puerto Rican born player to homer in a Game 7 of The World Series. Baez may have struggled at the plate in The Series, but the Cubs would not have played in the Fall Classic if he did not step up in the NLDS and NLCS.
Report includes video and cool facts.
The Daily CCO: Dexter Fowler Officially Opts Out, Cubs on SNL and Other News
The MLBPA let baseball know that Dexter Fowler officially filed for free agency on Saturday … just before three Cubs were on Saturday Night Live.
David Ross, Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler appeared on Saturday Night Live, first as male strippers in a skit and then at the end of the Weekend Update with Bill Murray singing ‘Go Cubs Go.’ The report includes all of the video.
The Daily Report includes an update from the AFL Fall Stars Game and all of the news, notes and links, plus This Day in Cubs History, as the celebration continued.
Cubs World Series Commemorative Sports Illustrated Covers
Not only are the Cubs on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, but they are on four other covers recognizing the first World Series Championship in 108 years.
Click on the report to see all five SI covers.
Kyle Schwarber Receives Postseason Award from New York Chapter of the BBWAA
Kyle Schwarber gave Joe Maddon the left-handed bat the Cubs needed in The World Series. Schwarber was one of the main reasons the Cubs took three of four from the Indians at Progressive Field.
The New York Chapter of the BBWAA recognized the remarkable performance of Kyle Schwarber in The Series with the Arthur and Milton Richman You Gotta Have Heart Award.
From the Wire: Cubs Decline 2017 Option for Jason Hammel
The Cubs announced Sunday afternoon that the team declined the 2017 option on Jason Hammel. The Cubs will pay Hammel the $2 million buyout and he is a free agent.
A report from ESPN Chicago pointed to the Cubs leaving it up to Hammel on whether or not the option would be picked up. And Hammel chose to become a free agent.
What an unforgettable four days for the Chicago Cubs and the Cubs faithful!