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1hJayson Stark

The world changed Saturday night at Wrigley

Grown men cried. Strangers hugged. Nobody wanted to leave. Why? The Chicago Cubs are FINALLY going to the promised land. And the moment transcended baseball.

That feeling when you are going to the World Series (1:17)
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Maddon praises how Cubs embraced expectations (1:58)
Arrieta says Hendricks gave performance of his life in Game 6 (1:15)
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11hESPN Stats & Information

With no curveball, Kershaw had little chance

Clayton Kershaw got one strike out of the 15 curveballs he threw. The Cubs punished his other pitches. Here are the key numbers.

Epstein: Joe Maddon was the 'finishing piece' (1:40)
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2dSteve Wulf

Who Was Myles Thomas?

The Diary of Myles Thomas has been a season-long experiment in real-time historical fiction. Nearly 119 years to the day of his birth, we profile the real Myles Thomas.

Royals earn top MLB spot in 2016 Ultimate Standings (0:42)


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Most Seasons Without World Series Title Cubs 107 1908 Indians 67 1948 Rangers 56 Never Astros 55 Never

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of World Series: the Chicago Cubs are -185 favorites over the Cleveland Indians (+165) at the Westgate SuperBook here in Las Vegas. Based on a no-vig line of -175, that's a 63.6-percent chance for the Cubs to win their first World Series since 1908 (that predates both World wars!) with 36.4 percent for the Indians.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

¡71 años de espera!

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$98,000: Price a fan paid, including fees, on StubHub for 4 tickets above Cubs dugout to Game 7 of the World Series.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Infielder Lennie Merullo, who died at age 98 in 2015, was the last surviving Cubs player from their last World Series, when they lost to Detroit in 1945. Reserve outfielder Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last survivor of the championship-winning Tigers. In his only appearance, the rookie replaced Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg in left field for the ninth inning of Game Seven with Detroit about to wrap up a 9-3 victory at Wrigley Field, behind a complete game from that Fall Classic's other Hall of Famer, Hal Newhouser. The Chicago Tribune interviewed Mierkowicz in February and he recounted a "crazy" clubhouse celebration of Detroit's first title in 10 years.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a new morning in Chicago. A morning unlike any this city has seen the past 71 years.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Jon Lester's biggest motivations for signing with Cubs was his envy of 2004 Red Sox. Now he's 4 wins away. "I didn't get to be part of it in '04," Lester told me after his introductory press conference in December 2014. "You look at Dave Roberts. He stole one base and the guy's a legend. To see that and to see how it changed the organization, changed the town, just the idea of coming here and breaking their (curse), that was one of the reasons that led us here."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Congrats to Cubs Dexter Fowler

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Congrats to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

First comes the game. Then comes the party. Then comes the really hard part. Cleaning the clubhouse!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Me to Miguel Montero: "This team really knows how to celebrate." He laughed: "I think we lead the league in that too."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, when the end of the season arrived: "I'd much rather be in this situation and fail, than not be in this situation at all. As much as it does hurt, as much as I would have liked to have won tonight, I'm really thankful that I've gotten to be on a team that has been in the postseason four years in a row."

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 NL Champions

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Had an interesting exchange with one Cubs fan amid the mayhem after the game. Like he noted, the crowds were pretty tame. Excited, energetic, but restraint-filled reaction from Chicago tonight. A lot of people were simply standing around drinking beers, cheering, singing "Go Cubs Go" on an endless loop, and soaking up a moment that had eluded them and their parents and grandparents for so many years.