Game 7 of the 2016 World Series will go down as the best game in Major League Baseball history, and possibly in any sport.
There is nothing better in sports than a Game 7. The tension is high. Both teams are going all out to win the biggest game of the year. But for me, last night’s Game 7 of the World Series was the best sporting event I have ever seen.
It had everything you want in sports. You had two franchises dying to end their championship curse. The Cleveland Indians jumped out to a 3-1 series lead, only for the Chicago Cubs to win two straight to force Game 7. What we did not know leading up to the game is that it would be one of the most exciting games in the history of baseball.
It started with a lead off home run by Dexter Fowler. The Indians tied it up in the third, but once the Cubs took a 5-1 lead, it seemed as though the game was over. We were guilty of saying it ourselves.
That’s when the fun began.
Jon Lester took over for Kyle Hendricks in the fifth and that’s when things started to turn in the Indians favor. David Ross, Lester’s personal catcher, entered the game and promptly committed a throwing error to keep the inning alive. In the next at bat, Lester threw a wild pitch that got away from Ross and allowed two runs to score. Cleveland had the momentum.
Ross was having none of that as he smashed a home run in the next inning and became the oldest player to hit a homer in a World Series. The Cubs had a 6-3 lead and again, it looked like it was over once again.
Joe Maddox brought in Aroldis Chapman the eighth, who pitched the night before, and did not have his usual nasty stuff. Brandon Guyer cut the lead to 6-4 with a double from an inherited runner on base. No big deal. They had the best closer in baseball on the mound. It could not get any worse, right?
Oh but it did. Rajai Davis got just enough of a Chapman fastball to tie the game with a two-run home run to tie the ballgame. Cleveland was rocking and bandwagon fan LeBron James – who is actually a New York Yankees fan – was going absolutely ballistic.
Again, the momentum was on the Indians side. It seemed as though everything was going their way and the Cubs talk of the goat and black cat began to take over social media.
That’s when the rain came and added more intrigue to the game. The 17-minute delay after nine innings was just what the doctor ordered for the Cubbies. Chapman was reportedly crying in the dugout, but his teammates bailed him out.
Intentional walk. Run is coming. Book it.
— BMore Wired (@BMoreWired) November 3, 2016
Ben Zobrist, who was named World Series MVP, smacked a double down the line to give Chicago the lead. Miguel Montero, the Cubs third catcher of the night, added another run and Chicago was on its way to its first championships since 1908.
Davis tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the 10th with a RBI single off Carl Edwards Jr. – but it was too little too late as Michael Martinez ground out to end the best game in MLB history.
It was a phenomenal series that many of us will never forget. Both teams gave it their all and it was a glorious day for baseball. It’s safe to say that baseball has reclaimed its spot as America’s Game.
It is sad that baseball season has come to an end in such a fantastic way, but we could not have asked for a better game. There might not be a game that ever tops the scene in Cleveland and Chicago last night.
That is until the Baltimore Orioles win their next pennant. Forget the Ravens Super Bowls, an O’s championship will be the best day Baltimore has seen in decades.
I will miss you during the winter months, but thank you for an incredible season Major League Baseball.