Tuesday, November 8, 2016


In the week since the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, everyone has been singing "Go Cubs Go." Seriously, everyone -- Cubs fansmarching bandsthe cast of "Hamilton," Bill Murray on "Saturday Night Live," the team and millions of its fans at the championship rally, and on and on. So, it should be no surprise that the Cubs' anthem is now a certified hit on the Billboard charts for the first time since it was written in 1984.

In addition to winning the franchise’s first championship since 1908, the Cubs became the first team since the 1985 Royals to win a World Series after trailing three games to one and the first since the '79 Pirates to overcome that deficit by winning the final two games on the road. Chicago also became just the third 100-win team of the wild-card era to win the World Series, after the 1998 and 2009 Yankees, and the fourth team to win Game 7 in extra innings after the 1924 Senators (over the Giants in 12), the '91 Twins (over the Braves in 10, with Jack Morris pitching a shutout) and the '97 Marlins (over the Indians in 11).

Karen Michel of Northwest Indiana tells MLB.com she was hoping that there might somehow be an extra ticket available at the box office in Cleveland on Tuesday night. After being told the game was sold out, she spotted Murray walking by and decided to follow him.

The Indiana woman says the actor turned around and offered her a ticket. She soon found herself sitting next to Murray in a section with other celebrity Cubs fans, like Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder.

Michel says she and Murray chatted about their experiences rooting for the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series since 1908.

As the Cubs went up 7-0 early in Game 6 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday night, tickets to Game 7 on the resale market exploded, as Chicago fans undoubtedly felt the need to be in Cleveland to potentially celebrate the team's first title in 108 years.

"A pair of seats is costing fans $2,000 per ticket, after fees," said Patrick Ryan, co-founder of Eventellect, a resale market ticket distribution company. "That is more than the 'get in price' for eight of the past 10 Super Bowls. It's unique, but it's the number most industry insiders would expect the get in for a Cubs Game 7 to be."

On StubHub, the most expensive tickets bought on Tuesday for Wednesday night's closing World Series game were $19,500 each for a pair by the Cubs dugout, where most of the bigger purchases were made.

The Cubs franchise has taken notice as the Curse of the Billy Goat has taken Chicago by storm. Sianis’s relatives repeated the tale often, and Chicago sportswriters began writing about it. Those same relatives have been brought out to cleanse the curse, a goat was taken by Cubs fans to an opposing stadium to attempt to “reverse the curse” by setting it on another team, a Greek Orthodox priest (Sianis was Greek) was brought in to bless the dugout, and many, many goats have been brought into Wrigley Field.

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