Second City celebrates 1st (Cubs) World Series title in 108 years
Next year finally arrived.
At exactly 11:47 p.m. Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series title that had eluded them for 108 years. Fans who packed bars to watch the games on television near Wrigley Field — neither of which existed back in 1908 — erupted in cheers before swarming onto the streets just before midnight Wednesday to celebrate in the shadows of the statues of Cubs greats Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and legendary announcer Harry Caray.
As the game ended, the roar from inside the bars and the throng of fans on the streets was deafening. The crowds inside and out sang “go Cubs go” at the top of their lungs.
As the celebration progressed, thousands of fans poured into the streets leading away from Wrigley, many of them singing “We Are The Champions.”
Fans hugged each other, many of them crying. They took each other’s picture and pictures of themselves, and took turns writing their names and words of congratulations in chalk on Wrigley’s brick walls. Some got on friends’ shoulders to find spots high up on the walls that were not yet covered with names.
An hour after the game ended there were still thousands of people in the ballpark neighborhood, known as Wrigleyville, and there were still fireworks exploding every few minutes.
“This was torture,” said Mike Delmanowski, a lifelong Cubs fan who flew to Chicago from California just to be surrounded by other Cubs fans. “I would not have missed it for anything.”
“I am so proud to be a part of it,” said his wife, Sue, who was crying off and on from the fifth inning.
Mike Dillon said all he could think about was his father, who died without ever seeing what Dillon witnessed.
“I came here by myself, but I’m not alone at all,” said Mike Dillon, 57.
Craig and April Likhite drove to Chicago with their 10-year-old son, Cade, because they wanted to see history made with other fans as close to Wrigley as possible.
“To finally see this in my lifetime with my son here with us, it means everything,” Craig Likhite said. “This game with all the ups and downs showed him exactly what it is to be a Cubs fan.”
The hero? MVP Ben Zobrist.