Cubs fans around the world celebrated and rejoiced as their long suffering team finally reached the World Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in 6 games to win the National League Championship Series. It had been a long time coming and this Cinderella team proved that they were not going to let history or a renowned curse get in their way of reaching their ultimate goal.

What Chicago had against them

The Cubs had the weight of the world on their shoulders in being reminded of the failures year after year since 1945.

However, the 2016 team was resilient and were strong-minded in not letting the past effect the outcome of the present. This was largely due to their young core led by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo that displayed power with their bats and an unmatched energy that paved the way to them being the most dominant team in baseball in the 2016 season.

Aside from the pressure this Cubs team had to overcome, they had to ignore the widely discussed curse that had plagued Cubs teams in the past. It seemed like the lovable losers were never destined for another World Series due to shocking and tragic losses that prevented them from reaching the World Series.

Many explained these outcomes to be due to the Billy Goat Curse, a legendary tale of a fan named Billy Sianis being prevented from bringing in his goat to Wrigley Field which provoked him to say "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." However, these Cubs were not afraid of the magnitude of the curse, but rather focused on executing and doing whatever they could to win.

How the Cubs triumphed to enter World Series

After the Cubs won game 1 they seemed destined to win the series as they proved why they are the best team in the National league.

Jon Lester provided a solid first start and aside from the bullpen blowing a two run lead, it was a solid game for the Cubs as they played phenomenal defense and gave the final blow on a Miguel Montero three run home run. This game was one of the most important as it allowed Cubs players to relax and gave them the confidence that they could win the series

After game 1 things looked to be going south, but Chicago again persevered in the NLCS as they did in the NLDS after being down 2 games to 1 to the Dodgers.

They had been shutout for two straight games, but the bats finally came alive in game 4 and never relented for the rest of the series. In completing the series and winning the next three games after being down 2 games to 1, credit goes to the entire team as the Cubs displayed remarkable starting pitching, offense and a shutdown bullpen.

The best all-around game the Cubs played in the series was in the deciding game 6. Kyle Hendricks was the star of the game as he allowed 0 runs through 7.1 innings.

This was the most important start of his career, but that did not faze Hendricks as he was able to bear down and out pitch the argued best pitcher in baseball Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs offense helped Hendricks with plenty of run support as they scored early on Kershaw and forced manager Dave Roberts to take out the lefty hurler after only 5 innings. The Cubs then went with their star closer in Aroldis Chapman to close out the game and was dominant in 1.2 innings to lead the team to their first World Series appearance since 1945.

What's next for the Cubs?

The Cubs will again try to end another long drought in winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. The Cleveland Indians stand in their way as they try to reach the promised land and bring the biggest challenge they have faced all year. The Indians have a dominant pitching staff led by Corey Kluber to challenge the young Cubs hitters and a dominant bullpen that has paved the way to their road to the World Series. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs will react to the Indians club and the world will be watching and rooting for them to end their historic drought and become MLB World Champions once again.

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