The Chicago Cubs are The World Series Champions as the celebration enters day two.
The Cubs Championship parade and rally is today and will get underway at Wrigley Field around 10:00am CDT. The parade is expected to start around 11:00am CDT with the rally at Grant Park scheduled for noon. (Click here for a parade map).
Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV 9, WGN America and MLB Network are among the networks that will carry the parade and rally. CSN’s coverage begins at 9:00am CDT and can also be seen on CSNChicago.com. 670 The Score and ESPN 1000 will provide radio coverage of Friday’s festivities.
It started to sink in Thursday that the Chicago Cubs had reached the ultimate goal and won The World Series. Even with Anthony Rizzo catching the final out, Pat Hughes’ perfect call and the celebration that ensued, it just did seem quite real as it was all unfolding.
Friday’s parade and rally will be a continuation of the party that started Wednesday in Cleveland and will run throughout the off-season.
The historic significance of what the Cubs did to win the franchise’s first World Series in 108 years on the first trip to the Fall Classic in 71 years is just incredible. Remember the Red Sox played in four World Series (1946, 1967, 1975, 1986), since the last time the Cubs were even in The Series but did not win one for 86 years.
The Cubs became just the sixth team in history to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win The World Series. The Cubs are the first road team to win an extra innings World Series Game 7. And the Cubs were the first team to win games six and seven on the road since the ’79 Pirates.
The Cubs are the Champions of Baseball and for the first time, they have the trophy to prove it.
The Rain Delay Players Meeting
The 17-minute rain delay after the ninth inning in Game 7 as it turns out is exactly what the Cubs needed.
With the game tied at six and all of the momentum in the Indians’ dugout, the rain came and the game was placed in a delay. The Cubs had a players only meeting in the weight room behind the dugout that was led by Jason Heyward. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon and just about every player that was asked about the meeting pointed to those moments turning Game 7 around for the Cubs.
Jason Heyward spoke to the team.
From Scott Miller’s report: “Inside that strength and conditioning room, a team that had grown unusually close since Spring Training gathered for an unusual speech from a quiet outfielder who suffered a bitterly disappointing season with the bat. The Cubs were shellshocked following Davis’ astounding, game-tying home run in the eighth, and it would have been so easy to fall into tentative, here-it-goes-again mode.”
“It was the most important rain delay in the last century for the Cubs. Seriously. Seeing a few downcast faces, Heyward gathered them, players only, and began talking. “You guys should all look in the mirror and understand we can get it done,” he told them with a dash of anger, a pinch of passion and much love. “I don’t care who it is. There are a lot of [things that happen] over the season. You’re not going to be happy about some things, and some are easier to swallow. Just be happy in this moment, in this situation, because you can come through.”
“He mentioned Baez’s muffed safety squeeze attempt. “That’s a tough thing,” Heyward said. “We’ve all got to be ready to do what our manager asks us to do, and it’s not easy. It’s not easy for him to make the calls and pull the strings, but it’s not an easy thing for us to do, either. And [Bryan Shaw] is a tough pitcher to bunt off of, too. I understood Javy was frustrated, but I also understood that we, as a group, live and die with each other’s at-bats, and I wanted to remind him that, hey, you guys will be fine. We’ve overcame it before, we can do it again. Just, everybody be ready. Yeah, I know what the situation is now. Yeah, I know it’s game tied, it’s Game 7, whatever. But just know you can get it done, and I wanted everybody here to feel like they accomplished something to get us to this point because it’s true.”
From ESPN: “It was starting to rain and I was like, they’re going to pull the tarp and we need to get together and have a meeting,” Heyward said. “Just needed to let these guys know they’re awesome. Don’t get down. It’s about the whole team. It’s about everybody trying to get something done. I let them know that I loved them. … We needed 114 wins, and I told them that everybody in this room, right now, was going to 114.”
“He just wanted to get everyone together and remind us that we’ve been picking each other up since Day 1,” Addison Russell said. “The whole team played lights-out. It was definitely a team win. We wouldn’t be here without the team. It was just a great bonding experience.”
The rain washed the old away and the Cubs went out and won The World Series.
- Report from Scott Miller
- Report from ESPN
- Report from CBS Sports
- Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Report from FOX Sports
Theo Epstein punched his ticket to Cooperstown on Wednesday night when Anthony Rizzo caught the throw from Kris Bryant to end the Cubs drought. With the holy grail of professional sports now on his resume, Theo Epstein will one day be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Epstein celebrated the Cubs’ World Series Championship as hard as the players. Epstein said Jed Hoyer is in charge of the team for the next month that he was going on a bender. Epstein joked he would be back in time for the Winter Meetings.
Tell us how you really feel, Theo pic.twitter.com/gHflZAwOwK
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 3, 2016
— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) November 3, 2016
Drunk Bill Murray interviewing drunk Theo Epstein is one of the best interviews ever. https://t.co/STy90yPQSc
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 3, 2016
Theo Epstein’s Cubs lost 101 games during his first season of being in charge of the team. Just a little over five years to the day he took over baseball operations, the Cubs are World Series Champions. The Cubs are the third team to go from 100 losses to the World Series within five seasons.
Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora Jr. pinch ran for Kyle Schwarber in the 10th inning and scored the go-ahead run on Ben Zobrist’s double down the left field line. Schwarber led off the inning, following the 17-minute rain delay, with a single to right through the shift.
Almora Jr. made one of the best reads on a deep fly ball that any player could make, much less a rookie in the 10th inning of the seventh game of a World Series.
Almora Jr. tagged from first on Kris Bryant’s deep fly to right center (remember what Maddon said before The Series about productive outs?). Almora Jr. advanced to second which forced Terry Francona to take the bat out of Anthony Rizzo’s hands. Almora Jr.’s incredibly smart baserunning play not only put the go-ahead run in scoring position but what turned out to be an insurance run on first base.
Albert Almora Jr. became the first pinch-runner to score the winning run in extra innings of a Game 7 of The World Series.
Jeff Sullivan explained in detail the importance of what Albert Almora Jr. did in the moment before the moment.
Game 7, World Series TV Ratings
The TV ratings for Game 7 were incredible and the highest nationally for any baseball game in 25 years.
Game 7 posted a 51.5 Chicago market rating according to Jeff Nuich with a peak audience of over two million (2.0 million) homes … the highest-rates Chicago baseball game ever.
According to Eric Fisher, Game 7 “broke the 40 million average viewer mark and is the most-watched baseball game in a quarter century.”
Cubs Favorites to Win 2017 World Series
MLB’s off-season officially began Thursday with the Cubs winning The World Series on Wednesday night. And the first odds out of Vegas have the Cubs as the favorites to repeat as World Series Champions.
According to Eric Fisher, Bovada has the Cubs as 7/2 favorites to win The Series next year. The Red Sox and Dodgers are behind the Cubs at 9/1.
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Cubs as 3-1 favorites to win The Series next season followed by the Dodgers (10/1), Nationals (10/1), Red Sox (10/1) and Mets (12/1).
Jed Hoyer Twitter Account
The Cubs executive that runs the ‘Jed Hoyer’ Twitter account posted the long awaited follow-up to the Cubs GM’s first tweet.
- On April 14, 2009, ‘Jed Hoyer’ tweeted … “Spanking it.”
- On Thursday, ‘Jed Hoyer’ tweeted … “Aaahhhhh! Anyone have a hand towel.”
News and Notes
• Kyle Schwarber played the role of hero again for Cubs in Game 7 according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Ben Zobrist was the MVP of The World Series. According to Comcast SportsNet, Zobrist delivered exactly what the Cubs expected with massive World Series. And Zobrist is looking for even better things from the Cubs next year according to the Sun-Times.
• Ben Zobrist’s double in the 10th inning of Game 7 that drove in Albert Almora Jr. with the go-ahead run was the only groundball of the 33 he hit left-handed this season that went for extra bases.
• Addison Russell drove in nine runs during The Series, that’s the Cubs franchise record for the most RBI in a single World Series.
• Jon Lester missed shot with 2004 Red Sox but made the 2016 Cubs legendary. Lester delivered and changed the Cubs forever according to Comcast SportsNet. Lester said the Cubs are not the Lovable Losers anymore.
• Kyle Hendricks ERAs in 2016: Regular Season – 2.13; Postseason – 1.42; Regular, Postseason – 2.05 in combined 215 1/3 innings
• Kyle Hendricks started Game 6 of the NLCS and Game 7 of The World Series … as Peter Gammons pointed out, no one that follows the Cubs will forget the starting pitcher for those two games.
• Anthony Rizzo admitted why he used Matt Szczur’s bat in the postseason. And it had to do with Szczur’s Bat being smaller and lighter which allowed the fatigued Rizzo to get around on the fastball quicker. Rizzo told Ken Rosenthal he felt “invincible in the box” with Szczur’s Bat.
• Anthony Rizzo has the ball from the last out of the NLCS and from the last out of The World Series … as it should be. Tom Ricketts was asked if he wanted the ball from the final out of The Series. Ricketts said to Bruce Miles, “No, Riz can have it. He deserves it.”
— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2016
Anthony Rizzo carried The World Series Trophy off the team bus at Wrigley on Thursday morning.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) November 3, 2016
• David Haugh reported Joe Maddon’s lucky hat symbol of baseball’s generational family bonds.
• The Cubs aren’t going away, and that’s good news for baseball according to ESPN.
• Bob Nightengale reported on Game 7 and the Cubs becoming World Series Champions.
• Joel Sherman reported Game 7 was exactly how the Cubs had to win The World Series.
• The Tribune reported the Cubs learned a few things for 2017 during drive to World Series crown.
• LeBron James lost a bet to Dwayne Wade … King James will have to wear a full Cubs uniform before the Bulls-Cavaliers game at the United Center on Dec. 2.
— John Mallee (@JohnMallee) November 4, 2016
This says it all. Congratulations, Ben and Joe. pic.twitter.com/5CYslUqgqn
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 3, 2016
— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2016
• The Cubs did not suck … and Joe Maddon has new T-shirts to make sure everyone knows it.
• The World Series made it where Ryne Sandberg could live in the moment and not think about the past according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Cubs’ assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske has World Series rings with the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs.
• Cubs’ catching coach Mike Borzello now has five World Series rings … four with the Yankees and one with the Cubs.
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As Jake Arrieta said, “The clock resets to zero now.”
This Day in Cubstory
2014 – Cubs granted free agency to Lars Anderson, Alberto Cabrera, Lendy Castillo, Edgar Gonzalez, Marcus Hatley, Marcus Mateo, Manny Ramirez, Chris Valaika and Josh Vitters
2010 – Cubs granted free agency to Angel Guzman
2005 – Cubs granted free agency to Chad Fox
2004 – Cubs granted free agency to Todd Hollandsworth
1993 – Cubs granted free agency to Eric Yelding
1992 – Cubs granted free agency to Andre Dawson and Luis Salazar
1990 – Hak-Ju Lee, born
1988 – Cubs granted free agency to Frank DiPino, Manny Trillo and Scott Sanderson
1978 – John Grabow, born
1967 – Eric Karros, born
1961 – Angel Salazar, born
1959 – Ernie Banks was named National League MVP. Banks became the first National League player to win the Most Valuable Player Award two years in row. Banks received 10 of the 21 first place votes.
2014 – Cubs introduced Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history
2012 – Cubs granted free agency to Jim Adduci, Adrian Cardenas, Brian Esposito, Jeff Frazier, Diory Hernandez, Rodrigo Lopez, Seth McClung, Blake Parker, Horacio Ramirez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Miguel Socolovich, Matt Tolbert, Jairo Asencio and Justin Berg
2008 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Arismendy Alcantara
2008 – Cubs acquired Ryan Bucher from the Nationals for Matt Avery
2008 – Cubs granted free agency to Andres Blanco, Hector Carrasco, Robinson Chirinos, Jason Dubois, Luis Figueroa, Josh Kroeger, Billy Petrick, Carmen Pignatiello, Bobby Scales, Jason Stanford, Andres Torres and Mike Burns
1998 – Cubs sent Scott Downs to the Twins as the PTBNL to complete the Mike Morgan trade
1995 – Cubs granted free agency to Mark Grace, Randy Myers and Howard Johnson
1984 – Jonathan Herrera, born
1982 – Cubs traded Mike King to the Royals for Jim Wright
1973 – Cubs traded Bob Locker to Oakland for Horacio Pina
1945 – Ken Holtzman, born