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The lifted drought: Cubs defeat Indians 8-7 during World Series


By Alyson Murray ’19

On Wednesday night during the World Series playoffs, the Chicago Cubs narrowly defeated the Cleveland Indians with an 8-7 victory in the 10th inning. This victory for the Cubs broke their 108-year drought, and added another big win under their belt following their victory of the National League pennant just a couple weeks prior.

The game, which faced both a rain delay and an extra inning, was intense for fans of both teams. “It was a really emotional night for my family, since a lot of my relatives live in Chicago. I just hope I don’t have to wait another 108 years for them to win again,” Sam Gefen ’19, who’s been an avid Cubs fan since she was a kid, said.

Similarly to the Cubs, the Indians faced a drought that lasted over 65 years, with their most recent World Series win occurring in 1948. In an article from the Boston Herald, Indians bench coach Brad Mills credited the team reaching the World Series to the fact that they are “real close, just like our ’04 team. […] They came up through the minor leagues together.”

The game was like “a heavyweight fight, man. Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out,” Ben Zobrist, the Cubs’ second baseman, told The New York Times. “The Indians never gave up, either, and I can’t believe we’re finally standing, after 108 years, finally able to hoist the trophy.”

At the top of the tenth, Zobrist hit an RBI double with Miguel Montero singling a home run to make it 8-6.

Yet, many Staples students are disappointed with the results of the game, wishing that the Cleveland Indians won instead.

Sarah Carter ’18, whose family happens to be die-hard Indians fans, said with a few tears in her eyes, “I was excited to possibly see the Indians win after their 68-year drought, but it’s okay, because I know they worked hard, and it was one of the best World Series games I’d ever watched”.

The four-hour long game ended in plenty of varying emotions for Staples fans of both teams. “Both teams played really well, and left everything out there on the field,” Yanni Tsilfides ’19, who loves watching the World Series each year, said.  “This year, the Cubs were just better.”

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