Best Moments of Cubs’ Historic Season

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

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The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series in seven games over the Cleveland Indians. Chicago had to come back from down 3 games to 1 to win their first title in 108 years. Photo by Nol Beckley.

The Chicago Cubs’ 2016 season was historic, it was exciting, it was emotional, it was memorable. But most of all, it happened. This Cubs team full of young talent came in the favorites and did not disappoint. After sporting the best record in baseball in the regular season, the North Siders of Chicago made their way to their first World Series title in 108 years, ending the curse and creating a whole new perspective of the Cubbies. You can’t fully appreciate their season from just the ten following moments, but they are the best of the best of 2016.

  1. Baez’s Mother’s Day Magic

In a game where runs were hard to come by, Javier Baez was the unexpected hero, crushing a home run to left to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 13th. Chicago flew the W for all the moms to see.

  1. Montero Clinches Division

More extra innings calls for more drama. After Chicago tied the game in the ninth, Miguel Montero ended the game with a walk-off homer to left in the tenth. This win clinched the division for the Cubs and gave Chicago all the confidence and momentum heading into October.

  1. Montero Starts NLCS in Grand Style

Miguel Montero proved just how clutch he is in the bottom of the eighth in game one of the NLCS. With the score tied at three, Montero launched a pinch-hit no-doubt grand slam into the bleachers in right, giving Chicago a 7-3 lead.

  1. Russell Shows Muscle in Game 6

Game six of the World Series featured many runs for the Cubbies, four coming from Addison Russell’s bases loaded bomb to increase their lead to seven. This hit gave Chicago control of game six and momentum going into game seven.

  1. Welcome to the Bigs Contreras

Willson Contreras had his first career Major League at-bat on Father’s Day, and it was something special. The first pitch he saw he took over the wall at Wrigley in dead center. Contreras is one of many young stars on this Cubs team and is another example of just how good these young Cubs can be.

  1. Bryant Goes 5-5

Kris Bryant launched his 19th, 20th, and 21st home runs on the same night. Three dingers along with two doubles gave Bryant a 5-5 game and put him in the spotlight for NL MVP. Before this game, Chicago was considered to have the best team in the league. Afterwards, it wasn’t farfetched to say they had the best player as well.

  1. Arrieta Unhittable

It’s hard enough to throw one no-hitter in your pitching career. Jake Arrieta has done it twice in the span of eight months. His second came against the Cincinnati Reds, proving that last year’s Cy Young performance wasn’t a fluke. This game solidified Arrieta as one of the best pitchers in the league. It also helps when your offense can give you 16 runs of support.

  1. Fowler Leads Off Game 7

Dexter Fowler was, like every other game this season, the leadoff man for the Cubs in game seven of the World Series. He couldn’t have started the last game of the year any better. Fowler took Corey Kluber’s 2-1 pitch deep to center and tucked it over the wall to give Chicago the earliest of leads. The first at-bat of game seven gave Cubs fans hope to end the curse.

  1. Zobrist Gives Cubs Lead in Tenth

Chicago was on an all-time high all throughout game seven of the World Series until Rajai Davis tied it up in the eighth with a two-run home run off of Aroldis Chapman. The game remained deadlocked into extras. Ben Zobrist came up in the tenth with one out and two runners on. He laced an RBI double down the left field line to put the Cubs back on top. Zobrist pumped his fist at second base while Anthony Rizzo advanced to third with an emotionally filled look of disbelief.

  1. “Bryant Makes the Play!”

“The Cubs… win the World Series! Bryant makes the play! It’s over! The Cubs have finally won it all! 8-7 in ten!” It happened, and Joe Buck made the call. These words will echo in the minds of Cubs fans for as long as they live. From Kris Bryant smiling during the whole play, to Anthony Rizzo throwing his arms to the sky and tucking the ball in his back pocket, this moment was by far the best of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 season.  

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