WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., (WLFI) – After 10 innings, five hours and one rain delay, the Cubs finally were able to celebrate a World Series title.
Kent Kroft was one of the millions around the world on the edge of his seat.
“I didn’t even celebrate; I was just so relieved that it was finally over,” said Kroft. “It wasn’t until I woke up this morning that I celebrated a little bit.”
Sports historian and Purdue professor Randy Roberts has been writing about baseball for years.
“There have been two kind of epic teams in baseball, and two teams that have suffered through long dry spells,” said Roberts. “They would be the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs.”
The common denominator with those teams is Theo Epstein. The Cubs President of Baseball operations.
“Theo Epstein, wow. He’s a baseball genius,” Roberts said.
After Epstein broke the Curse of the Red Sox, Cubs fans were able to have hope again.
“He takes the Chicago team and builds it almost from the ground up,” said Roberts. “This is a team that is built to last. These weren’t veterans at the end of their careers, these were young players.”
But the Cubs curse has always been able to prevail.
“When they get close, something tends to happen,” said Roberts. “How does this happen to the Cubs? Were they are able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?”
So when the tarps came out for a rain delay in extra innings, it was easy to get anxious again. But after the final out was recorded, the entire Cubs team stormed the mound and celebrated as world champions.
“Next year is going to be a celebration at Wrigley every time the Cubs play,” said Roberts. “They are the world champions and it will be announced before every game.”
The World Series parade will take place Friday in Chicago, starting at Wrigley Field and ending with a rally at Grant Park. News 18 plans to be in Chi-town to cover the festivities and will have more on-air and online at WLFI.com throughout Friday.