Cubs fans still believe after Game 4 loss

Cubs fans still believe after Game 4 loss

CHICAGO -- After Cleveland's 7-2 domination of the Cubs on Saturday night at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series, a somber fan walked out of Harry Caray's and asked his friends to take a picture.

He knelt down in front of the restaurant, and bowed his head forward to show his Cubs hat but hide his face. The somewhat pained pose was snapped, and the fan stood up with a broad smile on his face.

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That moment pretty much summed up the attitude of Cubs fans making the rounds throughout the city. Disappointed and stunned, although the Indians certainly are a top-notch team run by one of the best managers in the game in Terry Francona. But until Cleveland gets to four victories, with Game 5 taking place on Sunday night at Wrigley Field, there's still hope.

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"You've still got to beat them, still have to get the fourth win," said Rick Plannger, a Cubs fan who made the trip from St. Joseph's, Mich., to take in the World Series excitement. "They are playing a good team. Cleveland's pitchers are pitching very well. I still think they can play."

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"Of course they have a chance. We are here. We are in it," said Cubs fan Derek Williamson, who used the Cubs' Fall Classic weekend to also celebrate his wedding anniversary. "We are down 3-1. It's going to take a Red Sox effort of [12] years ago to break the curse. There's always a chance. There's always another game."

An electricity permeated the city from Wrigleyville to Andersonville on Friday, with the first Cubs home World Series contest taking place since 1945. A 1-0 loss seemed to sap some of that energy.

The packed houses were ready to roll when the Cubs scored in the first Saturday on Anthony Rizzo's single. But Cleveland scored two in the second and didn't look back.

By the time Cleveland's lead reached 7-1, more than a few fans left Harry Caray's. Those who stayed were able to celebrate Dexter Fowler's solo home run off Andrew Miller in the eighth, quite a feat in itself, even getting a "Let's Go Cubs" chant going again.

It wasn't enough to prevent the Cubs from coming within one more loss of extending their time since their last World Series title in 1908. One might be the loneliest number, but it still doesn't seem to be the scariest one for diehard Cubs supporters.

"This is going to take a freaking miracle now," a smiling Williamson said. "But we are Cubs fan, and they say worth the wait since 1908. … We are going to keep waiting, I guess.

"[The Cubs' leadership has] brought us this far. You can't hate on that. They have the right players. They have the right game plan. We just have to move forward."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.