A Night That Said it All.


Matt Belinson, Reporter

A ceremony 108 years in the making. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last season and had a parade for the ages. The city of Chicago was filled with parties and fans for weeks. That was last year, but the Cubs had one last official celebration to take care of.   

     The Cubs started their 2017 season away in St Louis and Milwaukee. The Cubs won both series and came back to Wrigley Field with an ecstatic crowd waiting. The Cubs played a series against the Dodgers, the team they came back to beat in the NLCS. The Dodgers were second fiddle to the Cubs celebration. Players and staff from old and new got to raise four banners on the sides of the center field scoreboard.

     The four banners all recognized the historic moments in Chicago Cubs history. Hall of Fame players were in attendance to raise banners of different significance. Ryne Sandberg, a Cubs Hall of Fame second basemen, got to raise the banner for the 1907 championship. Fergie Jenkins, the Hall of Fame pitcher, raised the 1908 championship banner. Of course, that was the last time the Cubs won the World Series, up until the famous comeback of last year. The Hall of Fame left fielder, Billy Williams, was the one chosen to raise the 2016 National League Pennant. The final banner was the most anticipated flag at Wrigley for 108 years.

     The 2016 World Series Championship banner was raised after a symbolic rain delay, like the one that came after the ninth inning in Game 7. Anthony Rizzo, the longest tenured Cub on the team, was the first player to raise the flag high into the sky. Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell and Mike Montgomery all got big tugs at the long awaited banner.

     As mentioned before, there was a game that night. The Dodgers and Cubs played it close the whole game. The Dodgers tied the game and the Cubs had the heart of their order up in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch hitter, Jon Jay, singled and then advanced to second on Tommy La Stella’s ground out. Kenley Jansen came in and struck out Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo had a 1-1 count and hit an opposite field single down the left field line. The Cubs won 3-2.

     The Cubs had a night that summed up their entire 2016 season. The World Series Champions will receive their championship rings tonight. Maybe another great game is in store for the champs.