Wrigleyville goes bonkers as Cubs end 108-year drought
By Timothy Mclaughlin and Kim Palmer
CHICAGO, CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Jubilant Chicago Cubs fans spilled from sports bars, restaurants and viewing parties across the city to celebrate their beloved team's first World Series triumph in 108 years on Wednesday.
The Cubs, long-known as Major League Baseball's "Loveable Losers," had endured one of professional sports' longest streaks without a title and their fans suffered along with the team, enduring decades of disappointment.
But in the early hours of Thursday morning, not long after Chicago blew a late-game lead, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fielded a grounder that he fired to first for the final out in a stirring 8-7 extra-inning game.
"Unbelievable. We have been waiting a long time for this. Just to be around everyone to see this. This is perfect baseball," Greg Kojak, 36, said as he watched a TV through a glass door at a restaurant near Wrigley.
Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around Wrigley Field, was party central as thousands of fans jumped and screamed in wild celebration when the last out was recorded. Fireworks lit up the sky as fans sprayed beer and Champagne as they joyfully cried.
"I can't even explain how I feel right now. This is so epic. I've waited my whole life for this. This is the most amazing feeling in the world," said Dina Mansaour, 33, sobbing on the street a few blocks from the stadium, where fans stood on cars and waved "W" victory flags.
The celebration was rowdy but peaceful as throngs of police officers lined the streets. Some officers high-fived fans and sang along to "Go Cubs Go," with fans.
"I'm so excited. I'm so excited. My mom took me to my first Cubs game but she has passed on and this is for her. This game is for her," said Fadiyla Mance, 25, as she waved a "W" flag. Continued...