The 108 year championship drought has officially been upended with an 8-7Game 7 win by the Chicago Cubsover the Cleveland Indians. Cubs LFBen Zobrist took home the MVP award and was given a Chevy Camaro for his efforts.

In one of the most intense World Series games ever, the Cubs pulled out a rally in the 10th inning after failing to score since the 6th. The intensity was in no small part attributed to the extraordinarily long championship droughts for both teams, including a 68 year wait for Indians fans.

After the Indians and Bryan Shaw intentionally walked 1B Anthony Rizzo, Zobristdelivered the go ahead double in the 10th, scoring Albert Almora Jr. After another intentional walk of SS Addison Russell to load the bases, Miguel Montero piled on the damage with an RBI single, pushing the Cubs' lead to two.

The fateful decisions.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon made the decisive decision in this win, after Game 7 starter and MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks was pulled after walking Indians DH Carlos Santana, pitching just 4.2, 1 ER innings.

Maddon made the move in favor of lefty ace Jon Lester, and made the corresponding move at catcher from Wilson Contreras to soon-to-be-retired 39 year old David Ross, the personal catcher of Lester.

After allowing runners to move up to second and third on an uncharacteristic throwing error by Ross on a Jason Kipnis slow groundball up the third baseline, Lester threw a wild breaking ball that bounced off the maskof Ross, allowing those two runners to score and making the game 5-3 Cubs.

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But that was all that would be scored on Lester, as his line by the end of the night was a strong 3 IP, 1 ER, 4K.

Ross's strength is supposed to be his fielding, but on this night his bat would take precedence as he homered in the sixth, and put the Cubs up by three with an insurance run that would eventually negate a 2-R HR by 35 year old journeyman Indians CF Rajai Davis in the eighth, tying the game at 6-6, rather than taking the lead.

That Davis homer came off a visibly taxed Cubs closer in Aroldis Chapman, who had pitched in both Games 5 and 6 before tonight. Maddon's decisions all series to use his fireballer closer for multiple long outings appeared to have finally caught up to the sometimes micromanager, but his closer was able to battle through the fatigue and get to extras, eventually leading to those go-ahead Cubs' runs off the bats of some of the most accomplished hitters in the game.

Too little, too late.

Indians Game 7 starter Corey Kluber and ace reliever Andrew Miller, the two workhorses that got the Indians through to Game 7, both struggled mightily this night, with Kluber allowing 4 ER in 4 innings and Miller with a similar 2 ER in 2.1 innings. But with solid innings of work from closer Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw following Miller, the Indians used that time to gain some ground and tie the game, sending it to extras.

Davis's eighth inning homer and RBI single in the 10th just wasn't enough to compete with the hot Cubs lineup. It felt as though the Indians were fighting from behind the entire night, and everything they seemed pitch or hit into their favor was just enough to match the Cubs, but not overtake them.

The Cubs were long considered the favorite to go all the way, even from the beginning of the season, after making it to the 2015 NLCS. Their already absurdly talented roster got somehow even better this season with prospects like Contreras, Russell, and Javier Baez coming of age, along with the additions of established playerslike Ben Zobrist and Aroldis Chapman.

2016 World Series Interesting Facts

- This was the first World Series ever that no starting pitcher went longer than 6 innings pitched.

- Cubs CF Dexter Fowler hit the first World Series Game 7 lead-off homer in MLB history.

- Rajai Davis's 8th inning game tying homer was the first tying shot hit in the 8th inning or later in World Series history.

- In his last MLB game, David Ross became the oldest player ever to homer in World Series history.

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