Chicago Cubs Return To World Series For First Time Since 1945

You have to take a brief moment and reflect on that.

Steve Zucker, who's been coming to games since the 1940s, said before Saturday's game that if the Cubs won, he would go to his father's grave and leave a Cubs hat and T-shirt.

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

Next up, Game 1 in Cleveland.

Lifelong fan Marilyn Hnatusko wiped away tears after the win Saturday night, recalling other longtime Cubs fans.

Watch the final out as the Cubs defeated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945 where they will meet the Indians.

"Listen to them. Outside before the game was insane".

They started hot with 11 wins in their first 14 games and spent all but one day in first place. "It's been unbelievable to play here and be a part of this".

"I'm excited, the city's excited", he said.

It was a great publicity stunt for Mr Sianis, who renamed his restaurant "The Billy Goat Inn". The victory over the Dodgers sends them there to face the American League champion Cleveland Indians beginning Tuesday.

Both the Cubs and the Indians have the longest championship droughts of any teams in professional sports. "I love the city", he said.

"We're not going to be satisfied - we want one more trophy". "I can't even describe what I'm feeling". A pick off at first to end the second.

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Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. They have not won one in more than a century, since 1908.

"I may make the "W" a tattoo", said chairman Tom Ricketts, who once lived across the street and met his wife in the bleachers. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on September 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season. Kenta Maeda posted the second-most wins in franchise history a Los Angeles rookie, but he was ineffective in the playoffs. "We don't look into it". "This is a new team". "He's had some trouble with his back and overcame it and came and helped us win the division and get past the NLDS". Hendricks took the loss in that game even as he allowed just one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Last year, the Cubs won 97 games.

The players, who hugged and cheered each other on the field after the game, also saluted fans before adjourning to the clubhouse for champagne and beer showers.

This time, no such ill luck. After an error, Bryant scored on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly. Turner produced 27 home runs and 90 RBIs in addition to being a clubhouse leader, which could earn him a sizeable increase from the $5.1 million he made this season. Anthony Rizzo finished the scoring the a solo, two-out home run in the fifth.

While Kershaw struggled against the Cubs, the Dodgers were shut down by Kyle Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman.

Fowler led off by looping a 1-1 pitch down the right-field line for a double. Clayton Kershaw, dominant in Game 2 shutout, gave up five runs and seven hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. He fell to 4-7 in postseason games over his career; a stark contrast to his dominance in regular season games.

"He never got to see this", Koenig said. Kershaw and the Dodgers return to LA needing to bolster their back-end pitching staff and rejuvenate in some key positions.

Pitching on five days' rest, the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor was forced to throw 30 pitches in the first inning alone.

Maddon benched slumping right fielder Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr. "I think about the fans and their parents and their grandparents and great-grandparents and everything that's been going on here for a while".

Two of Cleveland's stars from the 1990s, Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga, will throw out ceremonial first pitches at the World Series.

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  • Lawrence Cooper