They play 162 regular-season games, a best-of-five Division Series, a best-of-seven League Championship Series and now this: World Series, winner take all. Game 7 is here. The celebration of the century is underway for the Cubs and their legion of fans. And all it took to end their 108-year championship drought was 10 innings of one of the wildest winner-take-all games in baseball history.
Ben Zobrist delivered the tiebreaking hit in the 10th inning, slapping an RBI double to send the Cubs to an 8-7 victory in an all-time classic that featured plenty of long-ball fireworks, managerial manuevers and even a dash of rain.
11:55 p.m. ET: Mother Nature weighs in
One of the most dramatic World Series games in recent history took a brief intermission after the ninth inning, when rain forced a delay with the Cubs and Indians tied, 6-6. The action resumed at 12:12 a.m. ET.
162 regular season games. The Wild Card, DS & LCS. 6 #WorldSeries games.
11:15 p.m. ET: Cleveland's party not quite over Rajai Davis' game-tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman knotted the game at 6 -- the latest game-tying home run in World Series Game 7 history.
11:05 p.m. ET: One for the ages David Ross, the popular backup catcher who plans to retire after tonight, became the oldest player in Major League history to homer in Game 7 of the World Series, hitting a solo shot to give the Cubs a 6-3 lead. Ross, 39, entered the game the previous inning as the personal catcher for left-hander Jon Lester, making his first relief appearance since 2007. Lester, who tossed six innings for the win in Game 5 on Sunday night, recorded nine outs after entering in the fifth and turning it over to Chapman with two outs in the eighth.
10:35 p.m. ET: Not horsing around in Cleveland
Even the four-legged police officers outside Progressive Field were in the Game 7 spirit, as the Indians look to rally from a 6-3 deficit after seven innings.
9:49 p.m. ET: Baez's blast opens bullpen gates Javier Baez -- who had made two fielding errors -- chased Indians ace Corey Kluber from the game with a leadoff homer in the fifth inning. The Cubs rallied for another run off Andrew Miller to build a 5-1 lead. It was a welcome sight for the many Cubs fans in attendance, including Jim Mowery, who grew up blocks from Wrigley Field and was 12 years old when he attended Game 7 of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and Tigers. More >
9:18 p.m. ET: Prog rockin' Carlos Santana pulled a single over Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's outstretched glove to the tie the game in the third inning at a raucous Progressive Field. Coco Crisp's leadoff double started the rally for the Tribe, who saw the Cubs answer with two runs an inning later to retake the lead, 3-1.
Progressive Field is some kind of awesome right now. Hard to encapsulate how fired up these fans are.
8:04 p.m. ET: Liftoff at leadoff Dexter Fowler smacked the fourth pitch of the night from Kluber out to deep center, powering the Cubs to a fast start. It was the first leadoff home run in a winner-take-all Game 7 in World Series history. More >
7 p.m. ET: Home-field advantage?
This is what neutral field might feel like in Major League Baseball. It's close to 50/50 throughout the concourse, 60/40 Indians at most.
6:10 p.m. ET: Meanwhile, in Chicago …
Cubs fans are out and about on Clark Street hoping to watch their team secure its first World Series title since 1908.